SHAH ALAM: Iveco gun towers. It appears that the Army is getting 36 gun towers mostly likely manufactured by Iveco in Italy or the whereabouts. That is the assumption I am making from the information provided by the MTO tender to ship back the vehicles back here. There is no further information on what type of trucks whether its Iveco or another make that had been bought to meet the gun towing requirements.
The tender for the 36 gun towers was issued in October 2019. We also do’nt know which company won the tender as it has not been updated since it was closed in October, 2019 apart from the bid price’s list.
From the bid price list , we know that there were ten bidders, with bids ranging from the cheapest at RM12.2 million, to the highest at RM15.1 million.
On the way. Artillery men from 1 RAD Nexter 105mm LG1 gun in early 2021. BTDM
As the tender was for vehicles to tow 105mm guns, we can assumed that the Iveco trucks whatever model it is – at least 16 of them – will be used to tow the new Nexter 105mm LG1 howitzers assigned to the 1 Battalion of RAD with the 10th Para Brigade.
1 RAD soldiers getting preparing their 105mm pack howitzer at an exercise in 2020. BDTM
The battalion used to tow its Oto Melara 105mm pack howitzers with the Uro Vamtac 4X4 trucks.
A GK-M1 gun tower with an Oto Melara 105mm pack howitzer at Merdeka Day parade rehersal in August 2019.
Some of the current close support battalions of the RAD are also using the Weststar GK-M1 one tonners as gun towers.
Two variants of the Iveco Defence MUV. Iveco Defence
I have no idea what truck was chosen as the new gun tower but I am guessing it may well be from Iveco. If it is indeed from the Italian manufacturer, it may well be the Multi Utility Vehicle from Iveco Defence or a modified variant of the Iveco 4X4 Daily, the commercial version of the MUV.
IVECO Daily 4×4. Iveco
As we have chosen an Iveco 4X4 Daily for the Signals Corps Multi Role Communication System (MRCS) truck, chances are another Daily variant could be chosen as the gun towers. The commercial version will be cheaper than the military optimised one like the MUV.
The Iveco Daily MRCS going through the off-road circuit early this year. BTDM
I stand to be corrected of course. Anyhow we will have the answers soon once these vehicles are on the road with their units.
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