All South African land borders patrolled by soldiers as per Operation Corona now have modified Toyota Landcruiser mobility packages to boost operational effectiveness.
“So far 225 units, along with 50 ambulance units, have been delivered and are in service,” Lieutenant Colonel Piet Paxton, Senior Staff Officer, Operational Communications at SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Joint Operations Division, said.
In certain areas such as Kwa-Zulu Natal the vehicles have been allocated to companies deployed at Ndumo and Himeville with other soft skinned vehicles going to companies responsible for patrolling South Africa’s land borders with Botswana, eSwatini (previously Swaziland), Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Future deliveries of the modified Landcruisers will further boost operational efficiency but there is currently no set timeline to get vehicles into operational areas. “As and when the companies responsible for modifications complete them the mobility packages are taken into service and delivered to where they can best be utilised,” Paxton said.
With 265 mobility packages in ambulance, command and control, troop transport and logistic support configurations in service, 110 are still to come.
The mobility packages are supported by modified 4X4 vehicles. It is not sure whether these Nissan vehicles will be phased out once all 375 of the new soft skinned vehicles are in service.
Lieutenant Colonel Tania Burger of Northern Cape provincial Joint Operations tactical headquarters told defenceWeb earlier this year units under her command were using the mobility packages as mobile observation posts in addition to patrol work. She said their arrival “impacted positively” on the work of the Reserve Force regiment company deployed to patrol South Africa’s land border with Namibia.