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.
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:
𝗟𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗧𝗔𝗡 𝗞𝗘𝗥𝗝𝗔 𝗛𝗔𝗥𝗜 𝗞𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗚𝗔 𝗗𝗔𝗥𝗜 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗕𝗔𝗟𝗔𝗡 𝗞𝗘𝗧𝗨𝗔 𝗦𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗔𝗨𝗦𝗔𝗛𝗔 (𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗨𝗥𝗨𝗦𝗔𝗡) 𝗞𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗡 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗧𝗔𝗛𝗔𝗡𝗔𝗡
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.
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.
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.
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