Fire Fighting Tenders For RMAF

An MAB and RMAF fire tenders pictured together with a RMAF Hornet and personnel as part of a familiarisation exercise at the Kuching airbase in 2023. RMAF.

SHAH ALAM: The Defence Ministry has issued a MTO tender to deliver eight Airport Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicle (ARFFV) for RMAF. The eight vehicles will be shipped from Port of Savona in Italy to Subang airbase material depot.

The eight ARFFV is manufactured by Magirus Italy at its plant in Breschia. It is unclear which Magirus vehicle procured though as the company produced two airport fire-fighting tenders, the Dragon and Impact. Both are available in different variants from 4X4, 6X6 and 8X8.

A RMAF fire tender on display at the Butterworth airbase in 2019. RMAF

RMAF fire and rescue flights operated both the 4X4 and 6X6 fire tenders so it is difficult to say which version of the Migarus vehicles were procured. The tender for eight ARFFV was published in 2021 and the public specifications did not reveal any details apart from the numbers being sought.
Magirus Dragon 6X6 fire tender.

The LOA for the procurement was awarded to Artabara Teknik Sdn Bhd with a contract price of RM28.2 million. From Artabara website:

Artabara Technik Sdn Bhd is founded in 2008 as an equipment supplier and service provider in the field of Fire, Rescue & Safety in the region of South East Asia. With our base in Malaysia, we are also operating through our network of distributors and dealers in South East Asian countries – Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Phillipines. Until the year 2012, our products serve the customers within the Fire & Rescue, Defense and Security, as well as Industrial Fire Safety & Security organizations.

Due to the rapid infrastructure growth and development in the country, in 2013, we have set up a manufacturing and fabrication facility to undertake steel based fabrication works. The focus of this facility is for fabrication of Special Vehicle Bodyworks, Lighting Poles and Guard Rails.

Our Special Vehicles Bodyworks production includes fire, police, military vehicles, mobile containers, trailers and ambulances. We produce vehicles such as Fire / Rescue Tender, Hazmat Trucks, Decon Trucks and Containers, Ambulances, Aerial Vehicles, Lighting Trailers, Tipper Trucks and Mobile Offices.

Migarus Impact 6X6 fire tender. The Impact line is meant for smaller airports. Migarus.

RMN procured two Rosenbauer fire tenders for its Bomba unit at the Lumut airbase in 2021.

— Malaysian Defence

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