Malaysia receives new mobility, small unit firepower assets


One of the new Light Anti-Tank Weapon-Short, wtih Commander of the TDM inspecting. Photo c/o Tentera Darat Malaysia.

The Malaysian Army (TDM) has received several new assets that were gradually delivered within this year as part of efforts to improve the readiness and competency of the armed service.

An Army Assets Handover Ceremony was held at the Malaysian Army’s 92 Central Vehicle Depot at Kentomen Batu Camp on 26 October 2022, with Command of the Army General Tan Sri Dato Seri Zamrose bin Mohd Zain accepting the new assets, together with other high-ranking officials of the TDM.

Among those received were 3 units Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks – Muti Cargo Palletized (HEMTT-PCPLS), 10 units 5-ton General Service (GS) Cargo Trucks, 32 units of 3-ton GS Cargo Trucks, and 40 units of 1-ton GS Cargo Trucks, 36 units of Cannon Pulling Trucks and 40 units of 1-ton Fitted for Radio Trucks.

Also received were 72 units of 81mm mortars with vehicles including the TALOS Fire Control System, 27 units of 40mm Multiple Grenade Launchers, and 150 units of Light Anti-Tank Weapon-Short, as well as 98 Assault boats.

According to Malaysian defence blogger Malaysian Defence, the HEMTT-PCPLS trucks are composed of trucks from Sweden’s Scania, the 5-ton trucks are from Iveco, and the 1-ton trucks are Toyota Hi-Lux 4x4 pick-up trucks modified by Malaysian defense company DefTech.

The 3-ton trucks are from MAN, and the cannon towers are Iveco Daily 4x4 vehicles. The 1-ton fitted for radio trucks are the FFR vehicle from Malaysia’s Cendana Auto.

Malaysian Defence also confirmed that the 81mm mortars are from Spain’s EXPAL Systems, and are delivered together with the Cendana Auto MT-815 Ground Tactical Mortar Transporter vehicle.

The Light Anti-Tank Weapon – Short is actually a 40mm rocket propelled grenade (RPG) system  believed to be manufactured by Serbia’s Namenska, which is also said to be the manufacturer of the 40mm Multiple Grenade Launchers.

Meanwhile, the assault boats are said to be capable of carrying up to 12 people, and are powered by a single outboard engine with either an output of 40 or 60 horsepower.

The acquisitions are part of a repeat order to further improve the overall mobility and firepower capabilities of the TDM.

[1] Tentera Darat Malaysia

[2] Malaysian Defence

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