SHAH ALAM: In the recent post on equipment delivered to the Army, Malaysian Defence stated that the Cendana Auto SF-21X Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) looked slightly different from the one that was displayed at DSA 2022. I was told this by people who attended the show as I did not attend it due to Covid 19.
Well, anyhow, the biggest differences were the rear gunner position which in the DSA 2022 vehicle had the spare tyre behind it. On the production vehicle, the spare tyre was move to the port side, allowing the rear gunner to be equipped with a machine gun as well.
The left front gunner position also had its gun mount moved inside the cabin allowing to fire it forward, left and right. On the SOV at DSA 2022, the gun is mounted on the left of the front crew, allowing it to be fired to the left.
Cendana Auto SF-21X SOV.
Pictures from DSA 2022.
It must be noted that SOV displayed at DSA 2022 had just been redelivered to Cendana Auto after trials with the GGK, the intended operator. The changes on the production vehicle had taken into account the feedback from the operator. Some of changes sought however, cannot be fulfilled as they were beyond the funds allocated for the project.
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