Wednesday, February 23, 2011

AV8 Is On

The AV8 APC program is now progressing as the contract to purchase the main component of the vehicle that the APC is being developed from has been signed during the PM's visit to Turkey. So we now just have to wait for June 2011 that is the deadline for Deftech to present the APC prototype for the Government's review to actually how the APC will look like, and how much it differs from the base vehicle.

I chose to attach The Star's article here as it gives a good definition of what an APC is in case some 'defence analyst' would like to compare it again with the M1 Main Battle Tank.

Troop carrier: Najib being briefed on the capability of the armoured personnel carrier during his visit to the FNSS plant in Ankara. — Bernama

The Star Online > Nation

Wednesday February 23, 2011

Malaysia to produce APCs for Asia-Pacific market


ANKARA: Malaysia is set to produce armoured personnel carriers (APC) for the Asia-Pacific region. The country plans to buy 257 units of armoured carrier frames from the FNSS Defence System plant here and assemble components sourced from various countries. Deftech Malaysia and FNSS Turkey signed a letter of agreement for the purchase of the main body frame of the armoured carrier here yesterday.

An APC is an armoured fighting vehicle designed to transport infantry to the battlefield. APCs are usually armed with only a machine gun although variants carry recoilless rifles, anti-tank guided missiles or mortars. They are usually not designed to take part in a direct-fire battle.

FNSS chief executive officer K. Nail Kurt briefed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his entourage on the facilities at the company’s high security plant. Also present were Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and army chief Jen Datuk Sri Zulkifeli Zin.

Speaking to reporters after the signing, Zahid said the carriers would be assembled at the Deftech plant in Pekan, Pahang. FNSS is willing to accord Deftech its intellectual property rights that also allows it to export the assembled products to the Asia-Pacific region. “We have an understanding that we can source the defence fittings from elsewhere,” said Zahid, adding that Malaysia plans to mix-and-match various technologies.

Najib later laid a wreath at the Anitkabir mausoleum as a mark of respect for Turkey’s founder and first president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Najib also had a closed-door meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyib Erdogan.

The two leaders later witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Small and Medium Enterprises Corpo­ration Malaysia (SME Corp) and Turkey’s Small and Medium Industry Organisation (KOSGEB). SME Corp CEO Datuk Hafsah Hashim and KOSGEB president Mustafa Kaplan signed the MoU.


bob villa said...

A journey of a thousand mile begin with the first step,Sabar, Tekun Rajin dan TELUS Dan AMANAH adalah step yang lain-lain untuk maju seterusnya. Insallah dan Amin

ben sungib said...

It is an achievement on the part of our government to establish a strategic partnership in defence matters with Turkey. Imposed with 'economic and defence sanction'by the US and the West after waging war against Cyprus many decades ago, Turkey has indigenously developed its defence industry to what it is today.

The partnership with Turkey has proven beyond doubt that our government has the political will to further enhance our defence industry. The onus is on our defence industry players to realise and deliver.

Anonymous said...

AV8 APC Armed

Hitfact Turret - low-recoil turret for wheeled and tracked medium and light AFVs

AMOS - The two mortars are mounted on a common cradle with equilibrator and a leading device. The system is designed for ultra-rapid fire rate, reaching a claimed 26 rpm burst, with multiple rounds simultaneous impact (MRSI) at 14 to 13,000m range.

Anti-Tank Missile - Elevated Twin TOW System

Crotale NG - Combined with Shikra in a ground-based air defense network, the Mk. 3 can detect targets at a range of 108 km., including UAVs and cruise missiles 30-40 km. away—twice the performance of competing radars.

Anonymous said...

does the av8 deftech use rotzler self recover winch. if so what model and type. e.g. triebmatic or drum.