Guardians in Lebanon

One of the Guardians on the low loaders. JF picture

SHAH ALAM: Guardians in Lebanon. The Malaysian contingent in Lebanon – Malbat 850-5 – has finally taken delivery of the nine IAG Guardian 4X4 APC ordered last year. The APCs were delivered to the Malbat 850-5 camp, near the port city of Tyre early on May 29 according to a tweet by the Joint Force headquarters.

The white coloured vehicles were transported to the Marakah UN camp on low loaders. As reported previously the Guardians had been shipped to Lebanon earlier this year but their release were pending clearance from the Lebanese authorities.

IAG Guardians of Malbatt 850-5

From the pictures released by Joint Force, the Guardians are fitted with turrets likely to be armed with GPMGs. Malbatt experience in Lebanon had shown that the local population were more comfortable with lightly armed APCs especially those not fitted with cameras or any types of recording system.

One of the Guardians on the low loaders. JF picture

According to IAG,

the Guardian armored personnel carrier that provides a high level of ballistic and blast resistance, superior handling and off-road capability and commercial part compatibility resulting in low maintenance costs. The Guardian features full vehicle armoring with certified ballistic material, including front, sides, rear, roof, and floor, designed to resist incoming ballistic threats from any angle. The special light weight armor package is designed to minimize the GVWR and maximize mobility and off-road capability.

The vehicle body is fully armored to defeat multiple hits from high power rifles and light machine guns. Key components such as the engine bay and fuel tank are also protected with armor enclosures. The rotating turret system can be mounted to the roof escape hatch for additional firepower, with custom mounting solutions for light and heavy machine guns available.

The mechanical components such as the suspension and braking systems have been tuned for off-road handling as well as to support the fully loaded armor weight. The high capacity wheel and tire assembly also features a built-in run-flat and bead lock system.

The interior of the Guardian is fully customizable with various options that include individual bucket seats, benches, and jump seats. In addition, a seat restraint system can be installed to keep personnel properly secured during high speed maneuvers.

The Guardians being prepared to be disembark from the low loaders.

As reported previously the Guardian was sourced from Weststar as part of the contract to purchase the Starstreak missiles.

A Guardian being driven down from the low loader.

Training of personnel assigned to the vehicles will be conducted first before they are used for operations, says Joint Force headquarters in a posting in its official Facebook page.

As whether or not more Guardians will be purchase in the future or whether the plan to start sending back the Condors operated by Malbat, for upgrades, will be followed through, I must admit I have no idea at the moment.

–Malaysian Defence

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  1. @ZekMR
    Keris & tombaks. Because our country is so safe, so why need anything more than that.

  2. Apparently the one that Malbatt receives is the MRAP variant – Guardian Xtreme

  3. God, I like your cheeky reply Joe! The more I read on the antics of our new ministers, the more confused I become 😉 ! Let’s hope our arned forces can get on with the serious task of defending the ‘ibu pertiwi’ with/ without new(er) assets.

  4. @joe
    Our country is so safe, we don’t even need keris. Changkol will do. To equip 1 regimen of Hang Kebun

  5. @h1909
    No no no! We still need keris, for the off chance when our Armed Forces needed to open durians, nangkas, & coconuts. A cangkul just won’t do!

    Our forces have been getting lousy ill-suited rojak equipment in the past 60 years. Its high time the new government do something about this and equip our men with the right tools for the job….. such as opening durians, nangkas, & coconuts.

  6. joe,h1909, Taib

    i miss a lot of news. please tell me why you all comment sarcastic/sarcasm. i feel i miss something.

  7. @zack.
    Don’t get me wrong. The new administration is doing a helluva job cutting everywhere trying to fulfill their promises and I’m just chipping in my 2kupangs to help. I mean, some of their experts hypothesized that we can use surface ships to counter hostile subs therefore the Scorpenes are an unnecessary waste of money, and I fully agree.

    And since they have assured us that we’re good friends with everyone regionally, surely SG, Indo, India, China, Vietnam don’t rattle our cages with their subs, right? I mean, friends don’t do that, right? They sure will come sending their mighty subs to protect Malaysia at snap of a finger. That’s what friends do yeah. Therefore subs are unnecessary.

    And if subs are unnecessary, then surely we can rely on our dependable regional friends for other stuff like patrolling open oceans, skies, and making sure their insurgents & armed criminals don’t come into Malaysia and all that. Therefore everything else is unnecessary except for keris on the off chances required to open durians, nangkas, & coconuts, and tombaks to pull down rambutans, mangoes and other tall fruits, oh and to scare off wild animals.

    I’m serious, you know! With mighty friends like these, who dare to harm us? Certainly not our own friends, right? Right?

  8. Are these Guardians sponsored by UN?

    Not really we paid for it but the U.N. will reimbursed the cost

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