SHAH ALAM: The more the merrier. In a previous post on the Malaysian peacekeeping contingent in Lebanon, Malaysian Defence wrote that the Turkish Nurol Makina Ejder Yalcin could be delivered there next year.
What about the newly contracted Nurol Makina Ejder Yalcin then? I was told that the first vehicles contracted has passed their Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) recently. There is a still a chance that the vehicles will only be delivered to Malbat 850-11 though. As usual we took too long to decide even when the requirements call for a quick turnover.
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I was mistaken though. The 20 Ejder Yalcin will only be delivered in batches from 2026 to 2028, according to reports quoting Joint Force Command chief Lieutenant-General Yazid Arshad. The Ejder Yalcin will complement the 12 IAG Guardians armoured 4X4 purchased in 2017 (nine purchased originally). Once delivered the Guardians and Ejder Yalcin will replaced the 39 Condors in service with Malbatt in Unifil since 2006.
Malaysian Defence has previously reported that the Armed Forces had been looking to replace the Condors since 2007 but no one would have thought that it will be completed in 22-years, time.
It would have been shorter, if the Defence Ministry recommendation that more Guardians be procured – with a RWS instead of the manually operated turret of the original 12. However, it was later decided that a competition be held instead. While a tender is good practice, the decision to choose another completely different vehicle – the Guardian competed – meant that the Army now have two armoured vehicles to support and train with.