Rare Army Vehicle Spotted In The Wild

SHAH ALAM: Rare Army vehicle spotted in the wild. A rare and likely new Army vehicle, an Iveco Daily truck/van, has been spotted in the wild, courtesy of Berita Tentera Darat Malaysia. As usual however there was not much information about the vehicle apart that its called the Iveco Daily MCRS in the service.

I am guessing from the MCRS acronym that it is a communication vehicle of some sort, moreover the truck belonged to the Third Division Signals Regiment (Rejimen Semboyan Divisyen Ketiga Infantri (3 RSD).

the Iveco Daily MCRS going through the off-road circuit. BTDM

Based on the ZC plate number, I am also guessing that the truck has been in service within the last five years or even less to supplement or replaced the Fitted For Radio (FFR) Land Rovers and Weststar GK-M1 vehicles. Civilian Iveco Daily has a a gross weight of three tonnes so the MCRS could haul more comms gear compared to the other FFR vehicles which have a gross weight of one tonne only.

Crew of the Iveco Daily MCRS preparing to use the winch. BTDM

As there was no contract announced for the Iveco Daily, I am assuming that the vehicles were (I am assuming that the Army bought more than one MCRS) purchased around 2014 to 2017. The vehicle was spotted when personnel from 3 RSD were put through the off-road competency circuit at the Terendak camp in Malacca from 26 to 27 March.

The Iveco Daily MCRS traversing a simulated log bridge at the off road cirrcuit. BTDM

The Army previously had no permanent off-road circuit to train its drivers of its unarmoured – Class B vehicles- during and after undergoing the vehicle driving course, normally held at Taiping.

Dutch military Iveco Daily Ananconda, a soup up militarised variant of the Daily.

From BTDM.

LATIHAN KOMPETENSI PEMANDUAN KJB TINGKAT PENGETAHUAN WARGA 3 RSD
MELAKA: Seramai tiga pegawai dan 18 anggota Lain-Lain Pangkat (LLP) dari Rejimen Semboyan Divisyen Ketiga Infantri (3 RSD) terlibat dengan Latihan Kompetensi Pemanduan Kenderaan Jenis Bravo (KJB) di Litar Terendak Off-Road Competency Circuit (TOCC) bermula 26 hingga 27 Mac 2021.
Latihan dimulakan dengan taklimat latihan, keselamatan, teknikal kenderaan serta penerangan penggunaan Litar TOCC telah disampaikan oleh Ketua Skuadron Bantuan 3 RSD dimana latihan kali ini melibatkan empat jenis kenderaan iaitu, Trak 3/4 Tan L/R FRR (PUMA), Iveco Daily MCRS, Trak tiga Tan Hicom Handalan dan Trak lima Tan Prime Mover.
Selain itu, Pegawai Gerakan Peperangan Informasi 3 RSD menyampaikan taklimat awal di mana beliau telah menekankan bahawa latihan sebegini amat diperlukan bagi menguji kemahiran anggota tred pemandu semasa pengendalian Kenderaan Jenis B di dalam situasi off road.
Bagi memastikan kemahiran anggota pemandu diuji, beberapa halangan diwujudkan sepanjang track off road tersebut bagi menguji kecekapan anggota dalam menghadapi situasi dan keadaan jalan yang berbeza semasa pemanduan.
Konsep latihan dilaksanakan secara teori dan praktikal di litar yang mempunyai 11 halangan merangkumi peringkat halangan ringan, sederhana dan mencabar seperti halangan berlumpur (4WD/Towing), Uneven dan Undulating Ground, Titi Kayu, Mendaki Bukit (winching) dan Lereng Bukit untuk melatih anggota bagi memahami sistem, komponen, operasi kenderaan dan teknik mengatasi halangan.
Pelaksanaan latihan ini adalah selaras dengan Tonggak Pertama Perintah Ulung PTD Ke-28 iaitu Penekanan Terhadap Penambahbaikan Profesionalisme Serta Profesiensi Taktikal dan Teknikal Melalui Keberkesanan Latihan Individu, Kolektif dan Joint serta Latihan Berterusan.

The latest Army FFR vehicle is the GK-M1 from Weststar. RSD picture

As with the picture above, the Dutch Army has some 46 Iveco Anaconda truck, a militarised version of the Daily. It is uparmoured and equipped with machine guns for various combat and utility roles.

— Malaysian Defence

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