Weststar GK-M1 Weapon Platform

SHAH ALAM: IN my post What’s In Store For MAF in 2015 I mentioned about the talk of the Army getting new Light Strike Vehicles (LSV).

I also mentioned that apart from foreign candidates, Weststar GK-M1 Weapon Platform as one of the candidates of the LSV. It appears now that the Weststar GK-M1 may well be the LSV as the photographs posted in the Weststar Group webpage clearly shows.

A side view of the GK-M1 Weapon Platform
A side view of the GK-M1 Weapon Platform

The vehicles shown are all in the new Army digital camo for vehicles, and also spotted military registration numbers. The ones could be seen clearly are ZC3035 and ZC3036. Since the Gempita 8X8s for the 19th RMR carried ZC20… series one may assume that the ZC30.. series are mostly taken up by the Weststar Weapon Platform vehicles.

A frontal view of the GK-M1 Weapon Platform
A frontal view of the GK-M1 Weapon Platform

It appears that the Weapon Platform vehicles will be the added attraction at the Army’s 82nd anniversary parade on March 1 apart from the Gempita. I have nothing much on the vehicles itself apart that it appears to be un-armoured, militarised commercial vehicle.

The inside of the GK-M1 Weapon Platform
The inside of the GK-M1 Weapon Platform

From the pictures, one can surmised the vehicle is rather small, a four seater – perhaps in the size of the Kia Jeep, we used to have in the 80s and 90s. While the GK-M1 appears to be armed with a 50 calibre HMG, the Kia used to sport 106mm recoiless rifles.

Again from pictures alone, I believed the Weststar vehicles looked to be a suitable replacement for the Alvis 6X6 of the 10th Para Brigade. It looked light enough to be sling loaded by a helicopter and small enough to be driven directly into a C130 or A400M. I am guessing that at least five can be loaded into a Charlie and perhaps eight into A400M.

The engine bay of the GK-M1. It appears to be a Toyota diesel engine, probably similar to the one fitted on the Hilux.
The engine bay of the GK-M1. It appears to be a Toyota diesel engine, probably similar to the one fitted on the Hilux.

As for replacing the GGK’s LSVs, I am of the opinion that a slightly bigger vehicle with gun-mounting option like the Flyer below is more suitable.

flyer LSV armed with a 12.7mm Gatling gun
flyer LSV armed with a 12.7mm Gatling gun

Whatever one may think about the GK-M1 Weapon Platform, one must congratulate Weststar for at least showing their vehicles publicly.

A GM-K1 outside the paint shop, note the other vehicles around it.
A GM-K1 outside the paint shop, note the other vehicles around it.

Furthermore, it appears that the pictures were taken in a more creative style. This is in stark contrast with others which tried to hide their vehicles even in plain sight!.

— Malaysian Defence

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