SHAH ALAM: Have Gun Will Travel. Whenever Malaysian Defence posted anything on the Deftech Gempita AV8 variants somehow or rather the conversation in the comments will touch on the lack of a dedicated anti-aircraft variant in the lineup. Recently I also wrote that the lack of the AA variant could be solved if we chose a generic RWS for the next batch of Gempitas.
I admit that so far there is no plan by the government to buy another batch of Gempita to meet the Army’s future armoured vehicle needs though the industry was hoping that a different vehicle will be bought of course.
There is also the plan to relife and upgrade the Condors which are still in service. Anyhow at DSA 2018, a colleague and me were told that Grup Artileri Pertahanan Udara (GAPU) was concern on the threat of unmanned, civilian drones to the military. This was of course in response to the use of such drones by ISIS in Syria. GAPU had already trained infantry units on how to effectively used their firearms – machineguns and carbines – against drones.
Of course GAPU would love to get the funding specifically for counter-air operations from drones to fast flying fighter jets but as the allocation remained on the wish list, they have to make do with what is already with the Army. Anyhow I was informed that in the GAPU-led Eks Panah Jaguh exercise a Gempita AFV30 variant had taken part shooting down a target drone in the exercise.
It is likely that the test firing was conducted as part of GAPU effort to develop counter UAS and low level anti aircraft capabilities across the whole Army. The Denel Gi-30mm gun on the AFV30 is already potent weapon, capable of firing 60 rounds per minute up to 4000 meters.
Of course it is not as capable as specialized anti-aircraft weapon like the Rheimental Skyranger which have been integrated on the Boxer MRAV and a Piranha 8X8. The gun is the 35mm Oerlikon designed originally as a CIWS for naval vessels and fires the Ahead air burst round.
Note that the Skyranger system and MOOG turret are featured for illustration purposes only and I am not advocating them for any future Army requirements.
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