SHAH ALAM: Gempita, Nexter LG1 Mk II 105mm guns deliveries and more. It appears that the Army has taken delivery 17 out of 18 Nexter G1 Mk III 105mm guns last year and one more is expected this year. The numbers was revealed by Senior Minister for Security DS Ismail Sabri in his 2021 message to the Armed Forces on January 18.
Apart from the Nexter guns, Ismail said the military also took delivery 25 Gempita ACVs and two field hospitals in 2020. The military also took delivery 11 rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) and one multi-purpose boat, both for the RMN, ordered to meet with the urgent operational requirement of Op Benteng.
He left out the delivery and commissioning of KD Keris, the first China made Littoral Mission Ship (LMS). Yes technically, Keris was delivered on December 31, 2019 but her physical delivery was made on January 17, 2020.
As for 2021, apart from the sole Nexter gun, the military will take delivery of 37 Gempita, three LMS – Sundang and two other unnamed ones – and six MD Helicopters MD530G light scout attack helicopters.
The military will also be getting six Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC), 63 one tonne GS cargo trucks and 27 all terrain vehicles, also procured under Op Benteng.
In 2021, the ministry plans to continue with the procurement of 15 new assets for the military. This involved the Army land and water mobility programmes, light combat aircraft, aviation ground support vehicles and equipment, fire engines, firepower and special forces equipment and air defence radars
Eight new military camps will also be built this year, four in the peninsula and two each in Sabah and Sarawak. Eight border posts will also be built, two in the peninsula and Sabah and four in Sarawak. Under the ministry’s plan, 21 border posts will be built until 2023 starting this year. Despite what was announced above I still believed the LCA programme will be delayed until the RMK12 budget has been approved by Parliament. And there is nothing about the elephant in the room…..
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