SHAH ALAM: The government has finally greenlighted the Service Life Extension Programme for its fleet of ACV Adnan 300 vehicles. The Army had proposed the SLEP for both the Adnan and MIFV fleet during this RMK but it appears only the former has been funded.
The confirmation of the Adnan SLEP was revealed by Defence Minister DSU Mohamad Hasan when he spoke in Dewan Negara on December 7. He said 60 Adnan will be involved in the programme though he did not reveal the cost. The Parliament was told in 2019 that the maintenance cost of the Adnan fleet was RM122.2 million.
For the record, a total of 211 Adnans were bought between 2002 and 2004 with another 56 purchased in 2010 including eight equipped with 120mm TDA mortar. The total cost of the procurement is RM1.324 billion.
As only 60 Adnan will undergo the SLEP, it is likely they will be the ones operated by 12th (Mechanised) Royal Malay Regiment, attached to the 4th (Mechanised) Brigade. (I stand be corrected of course.) These are the ones purchased in 2002 and 2004 – the IFV version equipped with 25mm gun turret and the pintle-mounted 12.7mm guns. A few will be the command and radio variants.
It is likely that other 151 Adnan – fitters, recovery, radio, mortar, command, anti-tank and ambulances – purchased during the same period, will undergo the SLEP in the next RMK and the next. If the government decides to that, it will take 15 years for the whole Adnan fleet to undergo the SLEP. And we have yet to talk about the MIFV fleet.
It is unknown how the SLEP will be conducted and its scope. It is likely an open tender will be held to get bids for the job. FNSS – the OEM and Deftech – which local assembled them previously – are of course the favourites to be given the job. The Army could also decide to do it on its own, buying the SLEP kits and installing them on the vehicles.
Edited copy of the Hansard on December 7:
Kementerian Pertahanan dan ATM akan memulakan proses perolehan asetaset tersebut seperti berikut. Tentera Darat Malaysia (TDM) bakal memperoleh 60
buah kereta perisai infantry mechanize life extension program untuk APC Adnan. Ini,
Tuan Yang di-Pertua, kereta perisai Adnan ini masih lagi baik keadaannya tetapi
memerlukan program life extension program iaitu untuk menambah usia kereta
perisai ini kerana dia dah lama, Tuan Yang di-Pertua. 50 buah High Mobility Light
Tactical Vehicle, enam buah Hover Craft Integrated Fast Interceptor serta 733 buah
kenderaan sokongan pelbagai jenis termasuk 45 buah bot pelbagai jenis untuk
TLDM pula akan meneruskan perolehan tiga buah littoral mission ship
ataupun LMS yang kita akan putuskan tak lama lagi untuk mendapat perolehan
melalui government to government (G2G), Tuan Yang di-Pertua untuk kita
mempercepat dan memudahkan perolehan ini dan kerja-kerja memasang baik pulih
refit dua aset kapal selam kita. TUDM pula bakal menerima perolehan 12 helikopter
Kedua, keselamatan persempadanan negara. Keselamatan persempadanan
negara akan terus dipertahankan dengan pembinaan tujuh buah pos imbangan
antaranya di Melikin dan Pa’ Dalih, di Sarawak. Kita akan membina banyak pos sama
ada pos GADMA iaitu gabungan bersama Tuan Yang di-Pertua, dengan Indonesia
ataupun pos imbangan kita bersendirian untuk kita pastikan supaya persempadanan
kita ini dapat kita kawal dengan terbaik yang mungkin daripada masalah-masalah
cross border exercise, penyeludupan dan yang lain-lain.
Apart from 12 RMR, the other user of the Adnan is the 7th (Mechanised) Royal Ranger Regiment. The other user is 11th Kor Armor Di Raja 11 (KAD) which combined the Adnan with the Pendekar MBT to form a combined battle-group. It is also likely the 4th (Mechanised) Brigade also operate a number of Adnan in its headquarters.
How to differentiate the Adnan and the MIFV.
— Malaysian Defence