More Stuff For the Army

The Army new RIV

SHAH ALAM: More stuff for the Army. The Army took delivery of trucks, bridges, radios, and boat trailers in a ceremony at the 92 Depoh Kenderaan Pusat at the Batu Kantomen camp in Kuala Lumpur on March 15. Army chief General TS Zamrose Mohd Zain officiated the ceremony.

As for the trucks, fifty-one are one-tonne general service cargo trucks from Global Komited Sdn Bhd while another four are Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV) from Dermaga Oil Sdn Bhd. The GS Cargo trucks are slightly modified one cab Toyota Hilux. The Army also purchased 63 one tonne GS Cargo trucks under the Ops Benteng urgent operational requirement which are also slightly modified Hilux. The Army now have some 300 Hilux GS Cargo truck contracted from various local companies.

The Toyota Hilux one-tonne GS Cargo truck by Global Komited Sdn Bhd. BTDM

The RIVs are also double-cab Toyota Hilux equipped with a platform and ramp for hostage rescue operations similar to ones already operated by the various Malaysian special forces units. Many of those are single cab Hilux though.
The RIV delivered to the Army on March 15. BTDM

The radios are the Harris VHF section radios already posted previously as does the Logistic Support Bridge. The contract for the radios was awarded to Mindmatics Sdn Bhd while the Stare Resources Sdn Bhd is the company supplying the support bridges (two of them).
A model of the Logistic Support Bridge. BTDM

Arena Mission Sdn Bhd delivered 15 out of 44 boat trailer contract, awarded to it for a LOA price of RM837,540. The tender for the trailers were issued in the March 2022. Unfortunately, no good pictures of the trailers were published by the Army.
One of the 13 12.7mm HMG. BTDM

Barincorp Sdn Bhd delivered 13 12.7mm heavy machine gun. The company was awarded the RM1.6 million contract for the tender issued in June 2021.
Another angle of the Toyota Hilux one-tonne GS Cargo truck.

The release from Army:

KESIAGAAN TDM TERUS DIPERTINGKAT
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Mac 2023 – Panglima Tentera Darat (PTD), Jeneral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zamrose bin Mohd Zain telah menyempurnakan Majlis Penyerahan Aset Tentera Darat bertempat di 92 Depot Kenderaan Pusat (DKP), Kem Batu Kentomen yang telah diselaraskan oleh Bahagian Penyelidikan dan Penilaian Tentera Darat (BPP TD) hari ini.
Dalam acara ini telah diadakan penyerahan Aset Mobiliti iaitu 4 unit Rapid Intervention Vehicle dari Dermaga Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd dan 51 unit Trak 1 Tan GS Kargo dari Global Komited Sdn Bhd. Selain Aset Darat, Tentera Darat Malaysia (TDM) juga telah menerima Aset Perairan yang terdiri daripada 15 unit Boat Trailer dari Arena Mission Sdn Bhd dan 1 unit Logistic Support Bridge dari Stare Resources Sdn Bhd.
Untuk Aset Persenjataan, TDM telah menerima 13 unit Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) 12.7 mm dari Barincorp Sdn Bhd dan diakhiri penerimaan Aset Komunikasi iaitu 1000 unit Very High Frequency (VHF) Section Set dari Mindmatics Sdn Bhd.
Perolehan baharu secara berperingkat sejak awal 2022 yang lalu menjadikan kesiagaan TDM sentiasa berada di tahap yang amat memuaskan sama ada dalam mempertahankan keselamatan negara dan bantuan kepada rakyat negara ini.

— Malaysian Defence

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19 Comments

  1. Sorry, not directly related but as we were talking a few days ago about UAV and attack helicopters.
    Apparently, the Japanese are thinking about replacing (not sure if it’s partially or completely) their attack helicopters with drones and loitering munitions. Maybe the days of the attack helicopter are numbered, and they might be gone completely sometime in the future.

  2. Yes, I saw the story but we are never the front runners in this kind of things so we will have to see what happens overseas first

  3. Tom Tom – “Maybe the days of the attack helicopter are numbered”

    You read the ASPI article. Maybe or it might be similar to the case with MBTs where there have been premature claims for decades that they’re obsolete. One thing’s sure; unmanned platforms simply haven’t reached the stage where they have comparable SA and reaction times to manned platforms.

    For me; I see the need for a small number of manned platforms to be used in conjunction with unmanned ones.

  4. Good to see at least they got some sense to standardise the light duty trucks to a single platform: hilux. Its a step in the right direction than before with a clutch of hilux, dmax, rangers, GK1M, rovers, etc. Servicing & spares are so easy even bengkel bawah pokok can do an overhaul.

    With open tender process we can see things are being bought and delivered, reinforces my point this is the right direction moving forward with future procurements.

  5. They are now questioning why we (as in the Aussies) need to spend big bucks to buy the AH-64 after dumping the Tigers early. If combat UAVs become a viable replacement for attack helicopters, it can only be good news for the tentera darat.

  6. Hafiz – “It would be nice if someone can come up with current organisation of an infantry platoon in the Malaysian army”

    BIS and non BIS structure. Basically 7-8 men [more can’t fit in an IFV] and a LMG and MGL in every section and a RPG [depending on the unit].

    Tom Tom – “. If combat UAVs become a viable replacement for attack helicopters”

    Not as simplistic as that. Pros and cons. Unmanned platforms are needed in numbers [look at attrition rates in the Ukraine] and their use must be tied in with other assets. I would like to see attack helicopters operating in tandem with unmanned platforms; both complementing each other.

  7. Maybe the Aussies should maintain the AH-64 but equip them with a longer range stand-off missile such as the Spike NLOS like what the US is doing.

  8. We should have more of these 1 ton GS trucks to convert some of our briged infanteri standard into motorised brigades.

  9. Can’t tell from the photo if the HMG is South Korean or from Manroy.

    Hasnan – ”We should have more of these 1 ton GS trucks to convert some of our briged infanteri standard into motorised brigades.”

    All infantry units; whether BIS or not have an integral transport component.

    Hafiz – ”Maybe the Aussies should maintain the AH-64”

    More and more armies will be asking themselves if loitering munitions can be a substitute for manned platforms but I feel we’re still years way from that; just like how unmanned land platforms can’t yet replace manned platforms like MBTs and IFVs. As it stands manned platforms still offer better operational flexibility but the downside is that they are cost prohibitive to buy and maintain in numbers. Also, unless armed with clusters or thermobaric weapons; loitering munitions aren’t great for targeting infantry who aren’t bunched together.

  10. If I recalled correctly one of the reasons why Oz want to retired the tiger as it doesn’t have a maritime strike capabilities or rather it going to be very expensive to turn it into one.

    We do have a maritime strike platforms in the super lynx so it’s isn’t a half bad idea to get Oz tiger once it retired.

    As for UAV for the TDM, if not mistaken US army is looking for a VTOL probably arms tactical drones. So it would be better to wait I guess for the results of the experimentation.

  11. zaft – ”why Oz want to retired the tiger as it doesn’t have a maritime strike capabilities or rather it going to be very expensive to turn it into one.”

    There were actually a whole host of other reasons which led to the decision to eventually retire them. Look it up…

    zaft – ”We do have a maritime strike platforms in the super lynx”

    To strike targets with what weapon? The Sea Skua has either been retired or is close to retirement and it has a very short range meaning to get into range the helo would probably be within range of its intended target. FYI it was base on a 1070’s requirement to deal with FACs, patrol boats and other small craft which were poorly armed [look up the Battle of the Bubiyan Straits] but gone are the days when small naval craft are poorly armed…

    zaft – ”so it’s isn’t a half bad idea to get Oz tiger once it retired.”

    Really? With all the technical and cost issues encountered by the Australians you really think we’d even contemplate getting them? Really? I would be like wishing for a hole in the head…

    zaft – ”As for UAV for the TDM, if not mistaken US army is looking for a VTOL probably arms tactical drones. So it would be better to wait”

    No it’s not ”better to wait” as here are already a host of UASs which can be operated from a surface ship. The RMM requirement for a UAS as it stands is not for an armed platform but a ISR one to supplement the ship’s sensors.

  12. @Zaft
    “Oz want to retired the tiger as it doesn’t have a maritime strike”
    That could be one of the issue but publicly the key reason was ADF, even with their more sensible & adequate defence budget, could not spend to maintain their availability up to ADF requirements.

    And if ADF, with their much bigger budget than us, could not upkeep their Tigers then what could we, with our puny budget, do even if Aussie gives us for free? The same question too, in case anyone wants to bring up their another soon to prematurely retire NH90s.

  13. @Hasnan
    “RM123k for one M2 hmg?”
    Are you aware how much is the US currency exchange rate going nowadays?

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