SHAH ALAM: Barely two months after it was stood up, the 8th Royal Artillery Regiment (ad-hoc) has already conducted its first stable (inspection) parade on Nov. 17 at its new headquarters at the Kem Penrissen Lama, Kuching, Sarawak. The unit was stood up on Sept. 8 with 14 officers and men at the Kem Sungei Besi.
For the parade, 8th RAD has five officers and 114 other ranks together with a complement of Oto Melara 105mm Pack Howitzer guns and Weststar GK-M1 gun towers. As it is still an ad-hoc unit, most of the men were attached to the regiment from other units until the administration work is complete to make their transfer permanent.
Some officers and soldiers of course would returned to their old units as others are transferred to the unit. The unit will lose the ad-hoc designation once it is declared fully operational though it is unclear when will it be done. Perhaps it will take one year as with the 1st RAD.
As for the guns and vehicles, again this would be transferred from other units or the Army”s reserve stocks. The 105mm guns are likely those from the 1 RAD (Para) which had converted to the Nexter LG1 MkIII 105mm guns.
It is likely that the Army will stand up another RAD unit this time in Sabah as part of its realignment of TDM units based on the Army Strategic Capability Development Plan (Army 4NextG). It is likely that the new unit will also get hand-me-down equipment though that may have to wait for new ones to be bought first of course.
— Malaysian Defence