SHAH ALAM: More stuff for GGK. Malaysian Defence previously reported that the Army is on a recapitalisation drive especially for its vehicles fleet. Although the number of vehicles being sought are small – big ones are usually funded under the RMK plan – one of my sources said it was better than the last five years or so.
Anyhow as part of the recapitalisation drive, the Special Services Group or Gerup Gerak Khas (GGK) is among the units that is finally getting the stuff that they had been clamoring for the last decade or so. Late last year, request for bids were, among others, for new boats, firearms and also personnel equipment. I did not write about the personnel equipment – namely for urban warfare – as the numbers are too small (platoon size).
As for the latest stuff for the GGK, the Defence Ministry on Jan. 9 advertised request for bids for 20 vehicles, four Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV) and 16 Special Operations Vehicle (SOV). We were aware that the SOV tender was coming back in DSA 2018 as a number of vehicles were displayed during the show harking the requirement, basically to replace the Glover Webb SOV already in service with the GGK.
There is a requirement for the Special Service Units to be equipped with Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) that is capable to conduct special operations deep in enemy held territory. The vehicle shall be capable to maneuver in hostile terrain with great emphasis towards stealth, speed and fire power.
For the RIV, the requirements publically accessible points to a much capable vehicle than the current Ford Ranger.
The RIV is intended for storming a hijacked aircraft on the ground or buildings in counter terrorist operations and able to deploy for tactical approach to docked ship, buses/coaches and trains.
Based on the above, I am assuming that the RIV being sought will be armoured and equipped with a ramp to facilitate entry and exit into buildings, docked ship, buses/coaches, aircraft and trains.
It must be noted following the dissolution of the National Special Operations Force (NSOF), the first responders in any CT operations will be the police with its UTK unit. The UTK is equipped with eight IAG Jaws RIV 4X4 and a number of Hiluxes equipped with an assault ladder.
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