Malbatt Disposing Retired B-Class Vehicles

Defence Ministry Deputy Secretary-general (management) Dr Mohd Bakhari Ismail (facing camera) talking in front of a mound of cut up pieces of B-class vehicles. The cut up steel behind them on the right is the roof of a Land Rover FFR as two round tubes on top is a distinctive feature of the vehicle. Joint Force picture.

SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian unit in UNIFIL – Malbatt 10 – is disposing of its B-class (unarmoured) vehicles which were retired following the acceptance of new ones. The disposal of the Land Rover FFR vehicles and five-tonne trucks were conducted by the element workshop of the unit and Lebanese contractors.

From the pictures published by Joint Force, the vehicles are being disposed by cutting up their bodies into smaller pieces. It is unclear though whether the cut-up parts will be sold as scrap metal or buried.

Lebanese contractors cutting up the flat bed of a five tonne truck, using hand tools. Joint Force picture.

The disposal of the vehicles was revealed in a release for the visit to Malbatt 10 by the Defence Ministry Deputy Secretary-general (management) Dr Mohd Bakhari Ismail at the Marakah camp. The release:

Marakah, 7 Okt 23 – Lawatan Kerja Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha (Pengurusan) Kementerian Pertahanan, Dr. Mohd Bakhari bin Ismail pada hari ketiga dimulakan dengan sesi taklimat pengoperasian Tactical Operation Centre (TOC) MALBATT meliputi Kem Marakah. Taklimat ini telah disampaikan oleh Mejar Mohd Rizal bin Hashim selaku Pengarah TOC.
Program lawatan juga telah dilengkapkan dengan 𝐽𝑜𝑦 𝑅𝑖𝑑𝑒 sekitar kem menaiki RPZ Condor ACV. Perhentian akhir 𝘑𝘰𝘺 𝘙𝘪𝘥𝘦 dihadapan Elemen Woksyop bagi melihat proses pelupusan Kenderaan Jenis B.
Turut hadir sama adalah Asisten Ketua Staf J3 – Markas Angkatan Bersama, Mejar Jeneral Dato’ Nur Hafis bin Abdul Karim TUDM dan delegasi diiringi oleh Komander MALBATT 850-10, Kolonel Mohd Rizman bin Hj Ramli.

A Defence Ministry official being briefed on the disposal of the B-vehicles by a Malbatt 10 officer. Behind them is a cut up Land Rover FFR.

As reported previously Malbatt 10 has been reequipped with Cendana Auto FFR vehicles and five-tonne trucks. It is obviously cheaper to dispose off these vehicles in Lebanon itself. However it is likely that the Condors and Sibmas retired from the unit will need to be shipped back for Malaysia as their armoured body will need specialised tools for a proper disposal. A cheaper option, of course, is to just dump them into the Mediterranean Sea so they cannot be recovered by anyone.
Defence Ministry and Malbatt 10 officials posed for a group photograph in front of the cut-up B-vehicles.

Anyhow, it appears that the Condors will have to be operated for the time being as their replacements is delayed due to supply issues with the manufacturer. It is likely that Malbatt 11 – scheduled to replace Malbatt 10 soon – will be the ones operating them.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. I’m not sure whether ‘joy ride’ is the appropriate term to be used in the context of an official visit.

  2. So the return trip carried home some of the Condors? Homefully some will be earmarked for display at various museums around the country.

    We should not just keep random condors. we should keep those that are identified as being used in
    – Lebanon
    – Somalia, esp in bukara market raid
    – Bosnia
    – East Timor

  3. … – ” esp in bukara market raid”

    There was an attempt by private Malaysian citizens in the late 1990’s to get the hulks back here. Didn’t work out as it was too problematic dealing with the locals. The hulks of at least 2 were still there [hit by Hellfire fired by Cobras] during this period.

  4. In total there is about 30-40 Condors used for the rescue mission. 4 destroyed and left in Somalia. The survivors are bought back home. The number plates of all involved are noted by historians. Just need to track them down and preserve them.

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