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Op Corona Eastern Cape gets its first mobility packages

First mobility packages to Eastern CapeTwenty-five more mobility packages in the form of modified Toyota Landcruisers have been handed to soldiers doing border protection duty in the Eastern Cape.

This brings to just over 100 the total number of new vehicles deployed since they were officially unveiled in November last year.

Lieutenant Colonel Piet Paxton, Senior Staff Officer, Operational Communications at SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Joint Operations Division, said the 25 mobility packages allocated to the Eastern Cape joined 75 others already in service in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Pongola in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Companies presently deployed at these bases each have 25 vehicles and four ambulance types have also been deployed, one at each base.”

The new border patrol vehicles carry half a stick – five soldiers – and are also soft-skinned, the same as the one ton 4x4 utility vehicles that preceded them.

First users of the new vehicles in the Eastern Cape are 14 SA Infantry Battalion, due for rotation within the new few weeks.

The SA Army has ordered 375 of the modified Toyota Landcruisers, imported from Australia, as its new patrol vehicle for the border protection tasking Operation Corona.

The latest addition to the landward force fleet does not yet have an official army designation with the troop carrier derivative currently known as a troop pack. Other derivatives, in addition to the ambulance, are for command and control purposes and logistic support.

The logistic variant will be used for field replenishment of items such as fuel, water, ammunition, rations and medical supplies while the command and control variant will be a roving unit with a communications suite including radios and mobile phones.