Turkey's FNSS started delivery of Pars AV-8 vehicles for Malaysia

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RB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (DefTech), a defence arm of DRB-HICOM Bhd, targets to deliver 12 units of its 8x8 armoured-wheeled vehicles (AV8) to the Malaysian military by year-end.

Its chief executive officer, Amril Samsudin, said of the 257 vehicles scheduled to be delivered by 2018, two variants – IFV 25 and AFV 30 – out of 12 would start production in June.

"One of the variants to be delivered this year has the capability to 'swim'," he said on the sidelines of the Defence Service Asia 2014 (DCA 2014) in Kuala Lumpur today.

Currently, he said, the AV8s were only for the Malaysian military as it has to undergo qualification procedures to ensure the vehicles met military requirements.


"Then, only we go out (overseas) and do the sales. Until the tests are done, we will not go," he said.

Amril, however, said DefTech received contracts from regional countries, like the purchase of nine units of armoured vehicles last year by Timor Leste's armed forces.

He said the company was also in discussions with Cambodia and Myanmar ‎on the maintenance, repair and overhaul contracts.

He said DSA 2014 was the biggest platform for DefTech to advertise and market its products as defence companies did not usually advertise in the newspapers or mainstream media.

"The only way that we are able to show our products, our capabilities and our capacities is via this type of event," he said. – Bernama, April 15, 2014.

Deftech to deliver 12 AV8 to Malaysian military by year-end - The Malaysian Insider


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Amril, however, said DefTech received contracts from regional countries, like the purchase of nine units of armoured vehicles last year by Timor Leste's armed forces.
Any idea what are the regional countries interested in procuring this APC?


Here is the vehicle specification

Entered service 2013
Crew 3 men
Personnel ~ 11 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 24 t
Length ~ 8 m
Width ~ 2.7 m
Height ~ 2.5 m
Armament
Main gun 30-mm
ATGW Ingwe (optional)
Machine guns 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
ATGW 4 missiles (optional)
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 523 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 5 ~ 6 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 70%
Side slope 60%
Vertical step ~ 0.7 m
Trench ~ 2.4 m
Fording Amphibious
 
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Why is Turkey moving slowly for developing a fighter jet? This is a little off topic if you excuse me. :)'
 
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Good news
 
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