Indigenous Armored Personal Carrier (APC) of Malaysia

Pars 8x8

Crew: 2 men

Personnel: 12 men

Dimensions and weight

Weight: 24.5 t
Length: 7.96 m
Width: 2.7 m
Height: 2.17 m
Engine: Deutz diesel
Engine power: 530 hp
Maximum road speed: 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water: 5 - 6 km/h
Range: over 1 500 km
Gradient: 70%
Side slope: 60%
Vertical step: 0.7 m
Trench: 2.4 m
Fording: Amphibious

Patria AMV

Crew: 3 men
Personnel: 10 men

Dimensions and weight

Weight: 16 - 26 t
Length: 7.75 m
Width: 2.83 m
Height: 2.35 m


Main gun -
Grenade launcher 1 x 40-mm
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Elevation range: - 8 to + 48 degrees
Traverse range: 360 degrees
Engine Scania DI 12 diesel
Engine power: 490 / 540 hp
Maximum road speed: over 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water: 6 - 10 km/h
Range: 800 km
Gradient: 60%
Side slope: 30%
Vertical step: 0.7 m
Trench: 2 m
Fording: Amphibious

Mowag Piranha IV

Crew: 3 men
Personnel: 9 men

Dimensions and weight

Weight (in combat order): 15 - 25 t
Length: 7.3 m
Width: 2.8 m
Height: 2.25 m


Main gun: 30-mm chain gun
Machine guns: 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range: - 10 to + 45 degrees
Traverse range: 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun: 190 rounds
Machine guns: 400 rounds
Engine: MTU diesel
Engine power: 544 hp
Maximum road speed: 100 km/h
Range: 750 km
Gradient: 60%
Side slope: 30%
Vertical step: 0.7 m
Trench: 2 m
Fording: 1.5 m

There are some comparison are being made base on the specification of 3 different 8x8 APC, look at the bold specifications, there are pro and con in term of certain aspects, anyway letter of intent was signed by Malaysian government and give the local defense firm, DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech)to develop the 8x8 Armoured-Wheeled Vehicle (8x8 AWV) programme with the support of the Defence Ministry, Malaysian Army and the Malaysian Defence Industry Council. This R&D also involving the plan of expanding their existing plant in Pekan as well as to equipped that plant with the new machinery and equipment also some investment on local talent (engineer, technician, etc.)later on.



Since the procurement of SU-30MKM, Malaysia was eager to look for another Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA), in order to continue their modernization program for the air force. The initial target for establishing 2 squadrons of MRCA seems to be retarded due to economic crisis. Minister of defense was mentioned earlier the possibility of buying American made MRCA (F/A 18E/F) is quite high because of the interesting offers from the manufacturer (Boeing). Anyway what is so special about this MRCA? let's have a look the specifications of F/A 18E/F hornet that shows below:

General characteristics

* Crew: F/A-18E: 1, F/A-18F: 2
* Length: 60 ft 1¼ in (18.31 m)
* Wingspan: 44 ft 8½ in (13.62 m)
* Height: 16 ft (4.88 m)
* Wing area: 500 ft² (46.45 m²)
* Empty weight: 30,600 lb (13,900 kg)
* Loaded weight: 47,000 lb (21,320 kg) (in fighter configuration)
* Max takeoff weight: 66,000 lb (29,900 kg)
* Powerplant: 2× General Electric F414-GE-400 turbofans
o Dry thrust: 14,000 lbf (62.3 kN) each
o Thrust with afterburner: 22,000 lbf (97.9 kN) each
* Internal fuel capacity: F/A-18E: 14,400 lb (6,530 kg), F/A-18F: 13,550 lb
(6,145 kg)
* External fuel capacity: 5 × 480 gal tanks, totaling 16,380 lb (7,430 kg)


* Maximum speed: Mach 1.8+[12] (1,190 mph, 1,900 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,190 m)
* Range: 1,275 nmi (2,346 km) clean plus two AIM-9s[12]
* Combat radius: 390 nmi (449 mi, 722 km) for interdiction mission[82]
* Ferry range: 1,800 nmi (2,070 mi, 3,330 km)
* Service ceiling: 50,000+ ft (15,000+ m)
* Wing loading: 92.8 lb/ft² (453 kg/m²)
* Thrust/weight: 0.93


* Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan nose mounted gatling gun, 578 rounds
* Hardpoints: 11 total: 2× wingtips, 6× under-wing, and 3× under-fuselage with a
capacity of 17,750 lb (8,050 kg) external fuel and ordnance
* Rockets:
* Missiles:
o Air-to-air missiles:
+ 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder or 4× AIM-120 AMRAAM, and
+ 2× AIM-7 Sparrow or additional 2× AIM-120 AMRAAM
o Air-to-surface missiles:
+ AGM-65 Maverick
+ Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM-ER)
+ AGM-88 HARM Anti-radiation missile
+ AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)
o Anti-ship missile:
+ AGM-84 Harpoon
* Bombs:
o JDAM Precision-guided munition (PGMs)
o Paveway series of Laser guided bombs
o Mk 80 series of unguided iron bombs
o CBU-87 cluster
o CBU-78 Gator
o CBU-97
o Mk 20 Rockeye II
* Others:
o SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod or
o Electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod or
o AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR Targeting pods or
o up to 3× 330 US gallon (1,200 L) Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry
flight or extended range/loitering time or
o 1× 330 US gal (1,200 L) tank and 4× 480 US gal (1,800 L) tanks for
aerial refueling system (ARS).


* Hughes APG-73 or Raytheon APG-79 Radar

Payload Flexibility

The Super Hornet's versatility applies to its weapon stations and payload types:

* 11 weapon stations
* Supports a full complement of smart weapons, including laser-guided bombs
* Carries a full spectrum mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance

Power and Flight Characteristics

The Super Hornet is powered by two General Electric F414-GE-400 engines:

* Distinctive caret-shaped inlet to provide increased airflow and reduced radar
* 22,000 pounds (98 Kn) of thrust per engine, 44,000 pounds (196 Kn) per aircraft

Flight qualities:

* Highly departure resistant through its operational flight envelope.
* Unlimited angle-of-attack and carefree flying qualities for highly effective
combat capability and ease of training.
* Reconfigurable digital flight-control system detects and corrects for battle


Long-term designed in versatility ensures the Super Hornet's investment value. Current upgrades delivered in the Block Two configuration include:

* Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar
* Advanced targeting forward-looking infrared (ATFLIR) system
* Joint-helmet mounted cueing system (JHMCS)
* Multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS)
* Advanced aft crew station
* Fibre channel switch for increased data processing capability
* Fully integrated weapons systems and sensors for reduced crew workload and
increased capability.

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