SHAH ALAM: New RHIBs for VAT 69. PDRM tier one special forces unit – VAT 69 – is getting four RHIBs imported from Canada. We know that they are getting the RHIBs, courtesy of another quotation notice for a multi-modal operator to ship back the boats, published on Dec. 4.
The four RHIBs are being shipped back from Vancouver, Canada though as usual their manufacturer are not named. The tender for the RHIBs were issued in 2019 and the contract was awarded to a company called Benua Tronic Sdn Bhd though the contract price was not published.
It must be noted that the four RHIBs will be the first imported fast interceptor craft within the last few years or so. As for the VAT 69 operating RHIBs, yes, they have been known to do so even though the Marine Police also have SF-type unit as well, the Ungerin – Unit Gerak Khas Marin.
I don’t know enough about VAT 69 to say anything about why they are also operating at sea when Ungerin is also around. I am pretty sure someone who knows more or even less about this, will do so in the comments section. The new boats will be based at the Marine police base at Kampung Acheh, Lumut.
Anyhow, the specifications for the tender revealed that the RHIBs that VAT 69 specified should be 11 meters long. It was for this reason most of the pictures are 11 meter RHIBs manufactured by Zodiac, a French company though they also operate in Canada.
The new RHIBs for VAT 69 could carry 15 personnel, have a range of 130 miles at full load and have a single gun mounting for a machine gun.
— Malaysian Defence