SHAH ALAM: The Home Ministry has issued a tender for the supply and delivery of four armoured personnel carriers (APC) for the General Operation Force (GOF). The tender was published today June 16 and will closes on July 26.
It must be noted that back in 2020 the then-IGP told the media that the PDRM units -meaning GOF- operating in ESSCOM AOR in Sabah need 18 APCs to conduct their operations there. It was reported that year the GOF units in ESSCOM AOR were equipped with 12 armoured vehicles – four Barracudas 4X4, four Shorland Land Rovers and four IAG Jaws 4X4s.
The government back in the late 70 procured some 138 units of Commando V-150 and 44 AT-105 Sankey armoured vehicles for the six armoured squadrons of the then Field Police Force which was later renamed as the GOF in the early 2000s. It is unclear how many of these vehicles remained in service though it is likely around two-dozen.
Perhaps, the four vehicles being sought in this tender is the first batch of the replacement units, especially for the Shorland Land Rovers, though it is unlikely the numbers will be as high as those bought in the 1970s.
In 2014, the government bought two Streit Typhoon MRAP and another 15 IAG JAWs armoured 4X4s were bought in 2015. The Typhoons and most of the JAWs – apart from the four in Sabah – are currently operated by the PDRM special forces operators, the UTK and VAT 69.
Anyhow, the tender specification called for an APC with a turbo-diesel engine with no less than 4,500cc; with a maximum power of 250hp at 2,600rpm; power to weight ratio of 25 tonne to the gross vehicle weight; maximum torque of 700nm at 1,600 – 2,600rpm and uses an engine using at minimum Euro 3 diesel engine. The specifications are mandatory according to the public portion of the tender.
Other specifications include all around protection from 7.62mm and 5.56mm ammunition; can carry eight passengers including the driver; monocoque chassis; equipped with five doors and equipped with strobe and flash LED lights. Like those above, these specifications are mandatory and non compliance will be rejected.
Apart from a single test vehicle, the bidder must also provide training for drivers and technicians as well as the cost to transport the vehicles across the peninsula and also Sabah and Sarawak.
Based on the above the specifications, I believe something similar to the Typhoon and IAG Guardian MRAPs may well be the most suitable vehicle to enter for this tender. The JAWs are too small based on the above specifications.
— Malaysian Defence