SHAH ALAM: It appears that the 20 Nurol Makina Panthera 4X4 (Ejder Yalcin) ordered for Malbatt 850 will be delivered to Lubnan soon. This is based on a tender for a multi-modal transport operator (MTO) to ship the armoured 4X4s to Lebanon.
The tender was published on May 24 and closes on June 15, a period of 22 days. I am assuming that it will take another one month for the tender board to decide on the winning bidder so it is likely by end of July, that the vehicles could be shipped to Lebanon.
Specifications of the tender called for the Panthera to be shipped from the Nurol Makina factory to the port of Mersin on low loaders. From Mersin, the vehicles will be shipped to Beirut port and later to the Malbatt’s Marakah camp in South Lebanon.
A Google search showed the distance from Mersin to Beirut by sea is just 191 nautical miles (354 km) so it is possible the vehicles could arrive there within 24 hours. The distance from Beirut port to Marakah by road is only 24 km.
Last December Malaysian Defence reported that the Ejder Yalcin will be the Panthera 4X4 following a visit by the then Army chief TS General Zamrose Mohd Zain.
Anyhow, I was told that the twenty Ejder Yalcin (now renamed as Panthera 4X4 following the visit of Army Chief Gen Zamrose Mohd Zain to the Nurol Makina factory in Turkey on December 14)
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In that report I also stated that the Army will not be ordering any new Panthera in the near future. I stand corrected though as I was told at LIMA 2023 that the Army is planning to order around 12 more Panthera to increase the fleet to 32. Once these new vehicles are delivered, the Army will withdraw the remaining Condors and the 12 IAG Guardians bought several years back.
The Army will then buy another dozen or so smaller armoured 4X4s to replace the unarmoured Land Rovers in service with Malbatt 850. I was told that a tender for the supply of these smaller armoured 4X4s is expected in the near future.
— Malaysian Defence