KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 -- Mildef International Technologies Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian company providing automotive services for the defence industry in the country, has developed a four-wheel-drive (4x4) high mobility armoured vehicle.
The company said the development of the vehicle, currently referred to as Mildef HMAV 4x4, was an initiative to resolve the country’s issue in terms of after-sale support within the army service due to over-reliance on international suppliers.
“After years of intensive work, we are honoured to say that we have successfully built two prototype units and they are ready for our trials,” chief executive officer Datuk Seri Mohd Nizam Kasa said in a statement today.
He said the company had been assisted by a Malaysian defence agency named Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence (Stride) and the Malaysian Armed Forces to help validate the vehicle's design and development according to the military standard application.
Besides supplying to the Malaysian market, Mildef plans to penetrate the ASEAN market before exploring opportunities to export the vehicle to other regions.
According to the company, its armoured vehicle is based on a modular platform that can be customised according to the specifications of each country.
The company has contracted US machinery and equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar, to provide the engine, which it described as “the most robust, technologically advanced and ruggedised earthmoving engine available in the market.”
Equipped with the state-of-the-art artillery, grenade and mine blast functions, the weapon platform for Mildef HMAV 4x4 uses Remote Control Weapon Station which enables the vehicle to fire throughout 360 degrees while moving.
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