SHAH ALAM: More on the 4X4/6X6 requirements. It appears that the 6X6 requirements has been transformed into a mixed 4X4/6X6 project. According to the Shephard, it is due to the lack of money (as usual).
The Malaysian Army’s plan to acquire 6×6 AFVs has now transformed into a mixed acquisition of 6×6 and 4×4 vehicles, sources have told Shephard. This change is for cost reasons.
The original plan was to acquire an entirely 6×6 fleet to outfit the remaining armour regiments currently operating the Sibmas 6×6 AFV, and mechanised battalions operating the Condor APC, that have not been re-equipped with the AV8 Gempita 8×8.
Deftech had offered a second batch of AV8s, but this was declined on the cost basis and the difficulties the army has had in operating the vehicle’s integral electronics
The mixed 4X4/6X6 project -according to the DWP it should have been all 6X6 vehicles – will replaced all the armored vehicles in the three Kor Armor Diraja (KAD) units, currently not equipped or partially equipped with Gempita. The units are likely to be the 3 KAD, 4 KAD (based in Sarawak) and 5 KAD (Sabah).
The procurement is supposed to start next year and once delivered, the units are expected to have more 4X4 than the 6X6 vehicles. This is similar to the set up when the Armour units are made up with Condors and Sibmas in the late 80s and 90s.
Personally, the cost issue regarding the 6X6 is a fig leaf. It is simply that they wanted that the local manufacturers have a fighting chance at least for the 4X4 part as no one can offer a local 6X6. I do not think Mildef can develop 6X6 in time for the tender.
The strongest candidates for the project will be FNSS/Deftech which will be offering the Pars 6X6/4X4 vehicles all of which have some commonality with the Gempita. Another contender should be the Otokar vehicles, the Arma 6X6 and Cobra 4X4. Like the Pars vehicles they have been marketing this vehicles since 10 years ago.
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