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DSA 2018: Malaysian Army awaits new CBRN armoured vehicles

13th April 2018 - 03:00 GMT | by Alice Budge in London

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The Malaysian Army is preparing to take delivery of a fleet of new chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicles. 

The CBRN-configured vehicles are based on DefTech’s AV8 8x8 armoured vehicle, which is itself based on the PARS from Turkish company FNSS.

Fatih Aktürk, lead design engineer at FNSS, confirmed to Shephard that deliveries of the vehicles to the army will commence soon. 

‘We are about to deliver the first CBRN reconnaissance vehicles…These vehicles share the same baseline with the AV8 8x8 family of vehicles,’ he said in a statement, but he declined to provide specific details on the configuration of the platform.

‘We can state that the vehicle has full CBRN reconnaissance capabilities including chemical, biological and radiological detection, identification and sampling systems.’

In 2011 the Malaysian government awarded a $559 million contract to DefTech to design, develop and manufacture 257 armoured fighting vehicles in a wide range of configurations, all based on the FNSS PARS platform.

FNSS has been the primary subcontractor and system integrator for the programme, delivering such 8x8 variants as C2, recovery, surveillance, mortar and RWS.

Aktürk claimed the new CBRN vehicles will ‘regenerate’ the army’s specialist division, providing them with additional capabilities and the latest technology. ‘The CBRN reconnaissance concept will be totally changed with these new mobile platforms,’ he commented.

‘These vehicles have all the communication skills with current technology…Real-time operational tools and hazard prediction software are available.’ The 30t 8x8 vehicles are capable of sharing data and reports to other AV8 platforms and to army headquarters.

The AV8 uses a modular design, enabling different systems to be integrated onto the platform that features an automatic fire suppression system and a V-shaped hull to deliver additional protection against IEDs and mines.

FNSS first designed a CBRN reconnaissance configuration for its 6x6 PARS armoured vehicle, which debuted in 2015. The platform features a stand-off detection capability and laser technology provides a detection range of 5km. It also features a double-wheel sampling system.

Demand for CBRN equipment, including stationary detection systems and reconnaissance vehicles, has increased dramatically in Asia. Industry experts expect the region to be one of the largest drivers of future demand growth in the CBRN market.  

In October 2017 the government announced that the 2018 budget would provide a 5.3% increase in defence spending, after cuts were made to the budget in 2016. 

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