Lipan Bara Upgraded With Nav Equipment

SHAH ALAM: Lipan Bara upgraded with navigation equipment. The Lipan Bara high mobility armoured vehicle with the 5 Kor Armor DiRaja (5 KAD) has been upgraded with a tactical navigation equipment manufactured by its OEM DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech). The 5 KAD Facebook page posted on March 16 announced the handover of the equipment by Deftech officials at the unit’s camp in Kota Belud, Sabah. 5 KAD is currently the sole operator of the Lipan Bara HMAV.

Soldiers from 5 KAD getting familiar with the tactical nav equipment. 5 KAD

16 Mac 2021, 5 KAD, Kota Belud – Pasukan telah melaksanakan serah terima Tactical Navigation (TACNAV) bersama wakil DEFTECH, Lt Kol Bakhtiar Nor bin Md Alias (B) di Garaj Kenderaan A pasukan.
Disamping itu juga wakil DEFTECH telah melaksanakan Refresher Class bagi 28 anggota krew bagi memastikan ianya boleh dikendalikan dengan baik ketika melaksanakan sesuatu operasi.
Diharapkan agar aset ini dapat dimanfaatkan sebaik mungkin dalam operasi dan latihan bagi meningkatkan keupayaan pasukan serta keupayaan krew dalam pengendalian aset yang telah dipertanggungjawabkan kepada pasukan secara maksimum seperti yang terdapat di dalam Perintah Ulung PTD ke-28 iaitu Tonggak Pertama – Kelangsungan Misi dan Kesiagaan.

Installing the tac nav equipment in the vehicle

It is likely that the navigation equipment are not part of the original order for 20 Lipan Baras, purchased in 2015 for RM140.98 million. Malaysian Defence was previously told that the navigation equipment/BMS was indigenously developed by Deftech subsidiary, Deftech Systems Integration Sdn Bhd.
Getting ready to learn the new equipment.

The company had previously proposed the same equipment for Army vehicles to allow seamless command and control of the units not equipped with similar capability. It is unclear whether the latest development is the precursor for that move though. From the pictures it appears that the tablet sized interface of the navigation equipment could be installed on the vehicle and also carried by the leader of the dismounts.

–Malaysian Defence

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