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D&S 2017: DefTech helps Condor to soar again

8th November 2017 - 09:35 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Bangkok


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This year Malaysian firm DefTech shared a booth with Chaiseri Metal and Rubber at the Defense & Security 2017 expo in Bangkok. DefTech exhibited two vehicles there, a previously unseen upgraded Condor APC and the AV4 based on the First Win.

Amril Samsudin, group CEO of DefTech, introduced the upgraded Condor to Shephard. The 4x4 APC, originally built by Thyssen-Henschel in the early 1980s, now features better armour protection as well as the addition of a V-shaped hull. However, the CEO could not reveal the relevant STANAG protection levels.

The Condor, upgraded in conjunction with Chaiseri, has independent suspension and run-flat tyres, while its turning circle has been reduced. A cupola with 7.62mm Gatling gun was mounted on the prototype’s roof, but a RWS with 7.62mm machine gun is a future option. DefTech is working on an RWS mounting a machine gun, and it has identified a Malaysian partner for this project.

A digital backbone has been added, including multi-function display units and 360° cameras. The display units show critical vehicle data, including such things as slope angles via a two-axis gyro.

The Deutz engine has been replaced by a more powerful 300hp Cummins unit, and the manual gearbox has been exchanged for an Allison automatic transmission. The air-conditioning power unit has been boosted from 5hp to 8hp.

Samsudin noted that the Condor’s weight has risen only marginally to 12.5t due to the use of new and more advanced components compared to those originally fitted on the vehicle.

The Malaysian Army will have two regiments of AV8 Gempita 8x8 vehicles, and the most cost-effective way to equip another two regiments will be to modernise the existing Condor fleet to grant another 15-20 years of life.

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