MILDEF, one of the leading company providing automotive services for the defence industry in Malaysia, has unveiled its own Malaysian made 4×4 armoured vehicle for the local and international market.
Currently referred to as MILDEF HMAV4x4, the armoured vehicle is a modular platform prepared from basic to high-end specs that can be customised according to each country’s specifications that requests for its application.
According to the press release, the vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art artillery, grenade and mine blast functions. Its weapon platform uses Remote Control Weapon Station (RCWS) that allows the fighting machine to fire in 360 degrees while moving.
This provides safety and protection to the gunner that operates it using a remote control system with a display for the gunner’s aid while shooting a target.
Built based on the experience and technology of existing 4×4 armoured platforms that are currently on the market, the MILDEF HMAV4x4 is equipped with underbelly protection Stanag 4569 and hull protection Stanag 4569 level two to protect the crew inside the vehicle.
The company has also contracted Caterpillar, one of the world’s leading heavy machinery company to provide the 24 horsepower/ton engine, which is is the most robust, technologically advanced and ruggedised earthmoving that’s available in the market.
This makes the MILDEF HMAV4x4 a capable, all-modern warfare system that can tackle any obligations and challenges in the most demanding situations during military missions.
The idea behind the development of Malaysia’s own 4×4 is to stop the reliance on international suppliers that will become an issue in terms of after-sale support within the military service and to solve this, Malaysia needs to manufacture its own 4×4 vehicle, Chief Executive Officer of MILDEF, Dato’ Sri Mohd Nizam explains.
“In 2016, MILDEF realised that we have the capability to build our own vehicle. The improvement of technology in the manufacturing sector is also one of the reasons for this development and we started to design and develop vehicles that were inspired by some of the best 4×4 armoured vehicles in the world,” he said.
“To achieve this, we have been assisted by the Malaysian Defence Agency named STRIDE and the Malaysian Armed Forces to help us validate the design and development according to the Military Standard application.
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,” Dato’ Sri Mohd Nizam said.