KUALA LUMPUR: Guardians Soon to Lebanon. The IAG Guardians meant for the Malaysian contingent (Malcon) in Lebanon are expected to enter service soon. The nine vehicles are waiting clearance from Lebanon authorities before the Malcon contingent could take possession of the vehicles.
The Guardians will be armed with a pintle mounted GPMGs and not a RWS as a nod to the Lebanese aversion to surveillance cameras especially non-intrusive ones. There is a requirement for another dozen or so of similar vehicles to the Guardians as well a number utility vehicles and wreckers to replace the current Malcon transportation inventory. However, no time lines for the other vehicles are available.
It was announced last year that tthe Guardians had been purchased to replace the Condors which had been in service with Malcon since early 2007. The Guardians were purchased as part of the Starstreak missiles programme signed between the government and Global Komited, the defence subsidiary of Weststar group.
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