KUANTAN: Deliveries of the Deftech Gempita AFV to the Army is continuing after production problems were resolved. Army chief Gen Raja Affandi Raja Mohammed said since the difficulties had been resolved, more vehicles would come on line in the coming months.
He did not revealed the problems which caused the delay nor the numbers of Gempita already operational.
The second Army unit to operate the Gempita- 1st Kor Armor Di Raja – based here has received five of the AFV30 variant. The 19th Royal Malay Regiment, the first unit to operate the Gempita will soon have its full complement of IFV25 – the Bushmaster turret fitted with the 25mm gun – as well as the other variants including the AFV30 ATGW, ACV command and AV Signals variants.
As delivery to Army units was continuing, Raja Affandi said it was time to move ahead with the plan to market the Gempita for foreign buyers.
“We have several countries in particular. I believe we have a fair chance to sell them,” he told Malaysian Defence at the 12th (Mechanized) Royal Malay Regiment camp here. Raja Affandi who is take over as the chief of defence force later this month, was the guest of honour for the appreciation parade for retiring Lt. Gen. Shahrani Sany.
Shahrani was the Joint Force Command Commander prior to his retirement. As he was a former commander of the 4th Mechanized Brigade, the parade was held at the brigade grounds.
Adnans, KIFVs and Gempitas from units under the brigade also performed a drive past as part of the parade.
The Adnans are from the 12th RMR, KIFVs from 14th RMR while the Gempitas were all from the 19th RMR.
Making its public debut was the 19th RMR AFV30 ATGW vehicle together with the ACV Command and the ACV Signals vehicles together with five IFV25s.
The five AFV30s from 1 Armor were parked in a dispersal shed just next to the parade ground. The unit did not take part in the parade as it is still transitioning to the Gempita from the Condors.
The budget shortfall due to the economic difficulties has also forced the Army to defer the deliveries of the Gempita, originally scheduled to be completed by 2020 to go beyond that.
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