SHAH ALAM: Back in June, General Hafizuddeain Jantan, was the deputy Army chief who witnessed the delivery of various equipment, mostly vehicles, small arms, boats, and its related equipment. Fast forward four months, Hafizuddeain, now the Army chief was the one who took official delivery of vehicles, combat accessories, boats, and its related equipment.
The Army release said a total of 661 units of equipment were officially delivered on October 31, amongst them, three-tonne GS cargo trucks, hybrid VTOL UAS, field ambulances, Automatic-Grenade Launcher vehicles, Special Operations Vehicles, assault boats, trailers, logistic support bridge, 60mm mortars, night vision goggles and laser range finders.
The three-tonne GS Cargo trucks are of course the Iveco trucks supplied by Deftech as reported previously. The same trucks were delivered last June.
The AGL and Special Operations Vehicles are of course from Cendana Auto which won the contract for the vehicles, as also reported by Malaysian Defence. I was told that SOV looked some what different from the ones shown at DSA 2022, which I did not attend due to Covid 19. The vehicle carries four passenger and a driver and are armed with one heavy machine gun and two light machine gun.
The AGL carrier is one of the variants of the weapon carriers contracted to Cendana Auto, the other two being the HMG and ATGW vehicles. AVP Engineering Sdn Bhd was awarded the RM10.08 million contract to supply and deliver 18 field ambulances for the Army from a tender published in 2020.
Anyhow, the Army is getting three sets of the CW-25D hybrid VTOL UAS which is manufactured by JOUAV Drone Company of China. Each UAS system comprised of two UAV with a truck mounted command and control vehicle.
It is interesting to note that JOUAV website did not mentioned the D version of the CW-25 but Global Komited Sdn Bhd banners at the ceremony clearly stated its was supplying the CW-25D UAS to the Army (see above picture). The tender for the hybrid VTOL UAS complete with command-and-control vehicle was published in 2021 and the contract was awarded to Global Dos Sdn Bhd, with an LOA of RM10.75 million. The UAS is operated by the Malaysian Defence Intelligence Organisation.
The 60mm mortars delivered is the HDS M6 Commando version which is manufactured by Hirtenberger Defence Systems as posted earlier by Malaysian Defence. As stated in that post, the contract winner was not announced though from pictures from the ceremony, the company which won the tender was IFMS Technology Sdn Bhd.
The logistic support bridge delivered is likely part of the earlier order as posted here.
As for the NVG, this is likely from a tender published for 253 units of NVG for
The Special Forces Units, Infantry Battalions, and Combat Support Units such as Armoured, Engineer and Artillery Regiments are required to conduct operation during day and night. To enable them to conduct operation effectively, there is a need for these units to be equipped with night vision goggle. It shall be able to be used for land, air or maritime operations.
The LOA of RM17.5 million was awarded to Shafleena Venture Sdn Bhd. The Army did not identify the make of the NVG. As for laser range finder, it is likely one produced by Thales as the company which supplied them put up a banner with the Thales name on it at the ceremony. The LOA of RM3.9 million for 60 laser range finders – tender published in 2021 – was awarded to Global Combined Technology Sdn Bhd.
As for the assault boats and trailer, it is likely the last batch of the items delivered to the Army. More on this here in the June post.
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