SHAH ALAM: The more the merrier part. In an earlier post with a similar title, Malaysian Defence reported that the Nurol Makina Ejder Yalcin will only be delivered there only in three or four years time.
This was based on reports quoting the-then Joint Force Command commander Lieutenant General Yazid Arshad on December 5. As I was not able to make it to the ceremony at Port Dickson, I had to rely on the MSM for the report. I also sent out feelers to industry sources regarding the statement, below.
“In the future, we plan to procure 20 armoured vehicles to replace the Condor vehicles we have now in phases between 2026 and 2028,” he told reporters after the medal presentation and dissolution of Malbatt 850-9 ceremony here today.
The sources told me that the delivery schedule for the Ejder Yalcin is next year (in the third or fourth quarter) as I had reported earlier. So, what about those vehicles to be sent to Malbatt in Unifil in 2025-time frame then? I was told that it was other vehicles though the sources declined to identify their types. I am assuming that this might include ten one-tonner Fitted For Radio vehicles equipped with counter, remote-controlled-IED jammers.
A contract for the ten vehicle-mounted jammers was awarded to Harapan Erat Sdn Bhd with the LOA of RM5.4 million. The tender for these jammers were issued in January, this year. It is likely the jammers will be mounted in the Cendana Auto FFR vehicles (the current FFR vehicles of the Army) based on the specifications of the tender. Even though the Eperolehan website did not posted the date of the contract award, it is likely the jammers will be ready around 2024, hence delivery will take place in 2025.
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) will be the last ones ordered for the time being as the UN had deemed it unsuitable for its peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. It preferred smaller, less warlike vehicles like the IAG Guardians (which goes to the argument by the Defence Ministry by simply buying more of them in the first place as mentioned in the earlier article).
In fact, the Army is already gearing up to tender for 59 High Mobility Light Tactical Vehicles (HMLTV) for future peacekeeping missions. The vehicles were mentioned by General Yazid at his December 5 press conference.
Yazid said the Armed Forces also planned to procure 59 High Mobility Light Tactical Vehicles which would be used by the army to enhance its operational capabilities.
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Despite this, I was told that the tender for HMLTV might not survive the first contact with the new management at Jalan Padang Tembak.
— Malaysian Defence