SHAH ALAM: The engineering units of the Army are getting new eight (likely) truck mounted cranes soon. This is based on a MTO tender to ship these cranes back from Japan to Malaysia. As usual, the manufacturer of the truck mounted cranes is not mentioned but it is likely its Tadano, the well known crane manufacturer from Japan. I stand to be corrected of course.
I am saying it is likely eight truck mounted cranes the sappers are getting as it was the only the tender that fit the MTO one. The tender for the eight truck mounted cranes were published in June, last year.
From the tender specifications:
Bridging Crane 15 Tonne is a truck-based crane used for lifting heavy equipment, ancillaries, and engineer stores for a minimum of 15 tonnes during the construction of bridges in both Combat and Communication Zones to maintain the mobility of ground troops
Although the tender award has not been published publicly, it appears that the contract has been given to a company as the MTO tender is already published. Seventeen bidders took part in the truck mounted cranes tender with the cheapest bid was listed at RM17 million and the highest at RM19.4 million. Based on the bids, I am guessing that 17 bidders actually came from not more than three different companies (using different registered entities to make the bid).
It is not unusual for the contract to be awarded to a company without naming them as we had seen in the past. Here. Here.
Anyhow, the truck mounted cranes are likely to be issued to bridging unit of the Rejimen Askar Jurutera DiRaja like the 91 Regimen Bantuan based at Batu Kantomen camp which is usually tasked with building emergency bridges in the peninsular. Perhaps they will also used the new China made logistics support bridges recently bought.
It is interesting to note that in the last few years, 91 Rejimen had used locally based truck mounted cranes to support their emergency bridge building. It is likely that the higher command wants to see a digital camouflage truck mounted crane involved as well for PR purposes apart from making sure the sappers gets their fair share of the Army’s recapitalisaton funds. The emergency bridges are already shipped to the scene on Army trucks (though not digitally camoed as these are old low loader prime movers) so might as well ge the cranes as well.
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