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.
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)M242 25 mm cannon
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.
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) – The digital fire control and sighting system includes a 3rd Generation long wave or mid wave thermal imager, a telescopic day optical channel, unity window for surveillance, an eye safe laser range finder with 8.000m range and ballistic computation capability. The gunner is also provided with two up-look periscopes for all around vision. The gun turret drive system is electrical and fully digital with two axis stabilisation capability to ensure a high accuracy of fire on the move. The traverse and elevation drives have manual backup capability. Turret traverse is all-electric through 360 degrees, with weapon elevation from -8 to +48 degrees. Turret shell is made of all-welded aluminium armour with add-on composite and steel armour providing ballistic protection to STANAG 4569 Level IV standard.
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.
Example of dual-feed cannon system
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.
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 MGExample of 30 mm dual-feed linkless cannon
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.
Denel LCT turret fitted with the GI-30 and two Denel Dynamics Ingwe laser-guided missiles on a Badger 8×8Ingwe laser-guided missile – The system consists of a laser projection unit and guidance and control units. The system uses a Laser beam riding missile that automatically determines its own position in the laser beam and manoeuvres onto its Line-of-sight (LOS). The sighting system varies from a non-stabilised optic system for light vehicles to a stabilised day/night system on helicopter launch systems. Automatic targeting modules can also be added to the missile system that can be added to ensure fully automatic post-lock on missile guidance by the operator. The missile can engage targets at ranges from 250 m to 5,000 m. It employs a tandem warhead to defeat up to 1,000 mm (40 in) of armour. The missile is also designed to be stealthy (virtually hard to detect) and highly resistant to countermeasures.
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 Denel LCT30 turret is fitted with a 30mm gun and a co-axial gun. The huge spent 30mm cartridge will be ejected from an opening next to the gun barrel. One Ingwe box missile launchers can also be fitted to each side of the turret. The GI30 is a dual-feed 30×173 mm cannon with an effective range of 3, 000 m. It has two firing modes, a closed-breech, single-shot ‘sniper mode’ for engaging point targets, and a three-round burst mode at 100 rounds/minute for general use. The integrated fire-control system combines a video and thermal sight with three fields of view, an integrated laser range finder, a ballistic computer, an auto-tracker, and touch-screen battle panels for the commander and the gunner. The panels display the sight image, ballistic data and battle management information. Another unique feature of the GI-30 is that of next round selection. Having two feeders, with general ammunition on the right hand and specialist types on the other, the weapon allows the operator to select a specific round, without first firing off or ejecting an unwanted round.
|Weight||± 28,000 kg|
|Width||2.7 m (not incl. side armour)|
|Crew||3 + 11 soldiers|
|Armor||Composite aluminium and steel armour, add-on armour at front and sides of the hull up to STANAG 4569Level 4|
|30mm Denel LCT30 turret or 25mmSharpshooter Turret|
|FN Herstal MAG 58M coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun|
|Suspension||Independent air suspension system|
|700 km (430 mi)|
|Speed||100 km/h on road
30 km/h in water
Source: army-guide.com, greendef.blogspot.com, wiki malaysiamilitarypower.blogspot.com, denellandsystems.co. za
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