SHAH ALAM: Going down the road. As you are all aware, the bulk of the Army one-tonne 4X4 vehicles – from GS Cargo , ambulance, and FFR variants- used to be the Land Rover Defender 110s. These have been supplemented within the last 10 years or so by the Weststar GK-M1 light tactical vehicles also in the GS Cargo, FFR, Weapon Carriers and Anti-Aircraft variants.
Within the last two years, however, other one-tonne 4X4 vehicles have also been purchased from Go Auto, Deftech and Cendana Auto which may finally allow the Army to retire the elderly Land Rovers. At the moment, the Army continue to operate the smorgasbord of one-tonne 4X4 vehicles for its operations. Fortunately, the recent vehicles procured are basically the Toyota Hilux, modified to meet the Army operations.
Anyhow, a check on the Eperolehan website, showed an interesting tid-bit on how the Army maintenance ringgit are being used. As the Defenders and GK-M1 are currently the most numerous and no longer under the warranties of its manufacturers, we can look at the cost of their maintenance.
Three latest quotations involving the maintenance and overhaul of three Land Rover Defender 110s cost RM26,460; RM31,400 and RM34,500, respectively. Note that this were contracts published and awarded, separately this year. A cursory checks on similar contracts showed that none of the single vehicle contracts had went above RM40,000 for the last two years.
Meanwhile three contracts for the maintenance and overhaul of three Weststar GKM-1, also published and awarded separately, this year, cost RM59,200; RM122,000 and RM85,300, respectively. It must be noted that the job specifications involved more work on the GKM-1s including checking the wiring through-out the vehicles as well checking various items including the air-conditioning system and other equipment faults. The specifications for the Land Rovers are mostly overhaul of the engine and repair or repair of various items.
Based on the unscientific survey above, the Weststar vehicle, despite being less than 10 years old needed, more work and more expensive to be repaired compared to the older Defenders some of which may well be some 20 years old. There were also various MRO contracts for five or six Defenders which cost less than the cheapest GKM-1 contract, highlighted above.
— Malaysian Defence