Malaysian Army Chief Bullish on AV8 Deliveries

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KUALA LUMPUR, -- The Malaysian Army expects deliveries of the IFV-25 variant of the AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) to be completed by either the end of 2015 or in early 2016, according to Malaysian Army Chief General Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

Gen Raja Affandi told IHS Jane's that the delivery completion date would depend on the finances available due to payment being made as each vehicle is delivered by manufacturer Deftech.

He said the programme was still within the army's planned schedule for deliveries of the AV-8 and AFV-30 variant and would start once all IFV-25s had been delivered.

The IFV-25 variant is fitted with a one-person FNSS Sharpshooter turret armed with a stabilised ATK Armament Systems M242 25 mm dual-feed cannon and an FN MAG 58M 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun (MG). Of the 257 vehicle order of 12 variants, 46 vehicles will be in this configuration.

The AFV-30 variant - of which 68 have been ordered - mounts a Denel Land Systems (DLS) two-person LCT-30 turret with a DLS stabilised 30 mm GI-30 external dual-feed linkless cannon and an FN MAG 58M MG.

Of the remaining 10 variants, the most significant number is the anti-tank version - of which 54 have been ordered - with a Denel LCT turret fitted with the GI-30 and two Denel Dynamics Ingwe laser-guided missiles either side.

Gen Raja Affandi also said that some minor changes within the AV8 have been requested as a result of experience with the vehicles already delivered and in service but that these did not affect the production schedule.

The Malaysian Army Royal Deftech AV8 Gempita Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV).

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