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AV8

Armored personnel carrier

AV8

The Malaysian AV8 armored personnel carrier is based on the Turkish Pars

 
 
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

 

   The AV8 wheeled armored personnel carrier was developed by FNSS of Turkey to meet Malaysian Army requirement. This new armored vehicle is also referred as Gempita. It is based on the FNSS Pars 8x8 APC. However it has been modified to suit specific Malaysian requirements. A prototype was delivered for final approval in 2011. Malaysia ordered a total of 257 armored vehicles in 12 various configurations. Deliveries commenced in 2013. Part of these vehicles will be assembled locally. These new armored vehicles are expected to replace a whole host of ageing Malaysian machines.

   The new AV8 has improved protection, comparing with the Pars. Additional armor has been fitted. Front arc provides protection against 14.5-mm armor piercing rounds. All-round protection is against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for improved protection against landmines. The AV8 withstands 8 kg TNT blast under any wheel and 6 kg under the hull.

   The most numerous version of the AV8 is fitted with a Denel LTC30 2-man turret. Vehicle is armed with a fully-stabilized 30-mm dual-feed cannon. There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. A total of 68 vehicles of this configuration will be built. Another 54 APCs will be similar, butt will be additionally fitted with Ingwe anti-tank guided missiles. Each APC will be fitted with 4 missiles. These versions can be even considered as wheeled infantry fighting vehicles.

   Another but less numerous version of the AV8 will be fitted with a 25-mm Sharpshooter cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. A similar turret is used on Turkish-supplied Adnan armored vehicles. A total of 46 APCs will be built to this configuration. Also 10 vehicles will be armed only with remotely controlled 12.7-mm machine gun.

   This armored personnel carrier has a crew of 3, including commander, gunner and driver. It can carry about 11 men. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via the rear doors or roof hatches. Some vision blocks are provided for the troops.

   The AV8 is powered by a German Deutz turbocharged diesel engine, developing 523 hp. Engine is located in the middle of the hull, behind the driving compartment. The same engine is used on the Pars. This APC is also fitted with auxiliary power unit. Vehicle has an 8x8 configuration. It seems that the AV8 has the same sophisticated active suspension, used on the GPV armored vehicles and the Pars. Vehicle is also fitted with central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres. A self-recovery winch is fitted as standard. This armored vehicle is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets. The AV8 can be airlifted by the C-17 or A400M military cargo aircraft.

   A total of 178 AV8s will have an APC configuration with 30-mm or 25-mm turret, or 12.7-mm remotely controlled weapon station. Other versions include armored surveillance vehicle with battlefield radar and mast mounted sensors (24), command vehicles (13), armored ambulances (9), armored recovery vehicles (9), maintenance vehicles (9), 120-mm mortar carriers (8), engineering and NBC reconnaissance vehicles (4) and signals vehicles (3).

 

 
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