SHAH ALAM: HMAV out in the wild. Local company, Mildef International Technologies (Mildef) announced that its 4X4 High Mobility Armoured Vehicle (HMAV) had undergone some 1000km of testing on highway and off-road conditions with the Army.
The Army’s vehicle evaluation unit conducted the testing from Feb. 21 to March 5 with all the driving sessions conducted by personnel from the unit, the company said in a release today.
Apart from the Army’s vehicle testing unit, testers from the company and the Science & Technology Research Institute For Defence (Stride) from the Defence Ministry also took part in the programm. The testing, according to Mildef, was conducted based on the protocols stipulated by the Army. This was the first evaluation of the vehicle out in the wild since it was publicly launched last February.
During the testing period, the HMAV spend some 700km on highway and federal roads and 300km off-road. The evaluation started from Stride facility in Kajang before it was driven to Kuantan, Pahang, before proceeding to Terengganu, Kelantan and Kedah. The evaluation team then return to Mildef facility in Sepang before the vehicle proceeded to Gemas where various mobility tests were conducted around the range at the Sirajuddin camp.
Pictures released by Mildef showed that the HMAV fitted with a 12.7mm machine gun but the company did not say whether any live firings were conducted during its time at the Gemas range. The evaluation ended on March 5 with the vehicle side and slope test at Stride facility in Kajang. Mildef said it will conduct further testings in the near future.
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