SHAH ALAM: The RMN Special Forces Unit – Pasukan Khas Laut (PASKAL) is getting M4 Carbines and Glock G17 Gen. 4 semi-automatic pistols, courtesy of the United States. The weapons are part of more than 900 items to be donated including bullet proof vests; spotting scopes and hand-held Thales radios. The donation from the US is part of the Capacity Building Programme which has allowed us to operate radars and other capabilities like the ScanEagle UAS.
Caretaker Defence Minister DS Hishammuddin Hussein made the announcement during his visit to KD Panglima Garang, the Paskal training facility at the Lumut RMN base on October 26. He also said the government is also supplying Paskal with new equipment from sub-machine guns; closed circuit breathing apparatus; static and free fall parachutes and thermal binoculars. A sniper tower will also be built at the training facility to train operators in long range shooting techniques.
As usual Hishammuddin did not identify the sub-machineguns to be procured but a graphic published on his social media showed the Berreta PMX. I understand that the pictures used are for illustration only but they could have used the standard Paskal sub-machine gun, the H&K MP5.
The Army had taken delivery a number of these 9mm sub-guns but it is unclear whether the Paskal will also get them.
It is interesting to note that a tender for sub-machine guns for the Army Special Forces Group – the Grup Gerak Khas – specified a piston driven firearms for them. This means it is SIG MPX submachine gun. It will be interesting to see whether Paskal will also issue the same requirements when the tender for its sub-gun is open for competition.
As for the Glock 17s, Paskal already operates a number of Glocks handguns, from the 17s, 18s, 19s and 26s. The donation of the items is likely part of the Paskal’s long standing relationship with the US Navy Seals – which include training slots and bilateral exercises.
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