The AV8 wheeled armoured vehicle seen during National Day Parade of 2013 in Malaysia. Image courtesy of Rizuan.
The first scale model was exhibited during 13th Defence Services Asia (DSA) international defence exhibition in April 2012. Image courtesy of Ministère de la Défense.
The AV8 multi-role vehicle has a maximum speed of 100km/h. Image courtesy of Ministère de la Défense.
The IFV25 infantry fighting vehicle variant has a FNSS Sharpshooter one-man turret. Image courtesy of Rizuan.
AV8 Multi-Role wheeled armoured vehicle

AV8 is an 8×8 multi-role, wheeled armoured vehicle indigenously designed and manufactured by DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (DefTech), for the Malaysian Army. The AV8 is based on the FNSS-built PARS 8×8 multi-purpose wheeled armoured combat vehicle.

The AV8 is intended to replace the Malaysian Army’s ageing fleet of SIBMAS 6×6 and Condor 4×4 wheeled armoured fighting vehicles.

The first scale model of the AV8 was demonstrated to the Malaysian Armed Forces at the 13th Defence Services Asia (DSA) international defence exhibition in April 2012.

Orders and deliveries of AV8 armoured vehicles

In February 2011, DefTech received a contract from the Malaysian government to design, develop and manufacture a total of 257 armoured fighting vehicles in 12 configurations for the Malaysian Armed Forces through 2018. DefTech will also provide integrated logistics support for the AV8 programme.

Turkish defence firm FNSS Savunma Sistemleri signed a $559m letter of acceptance for the development of the AV8 vehicles in June 2011. FNSS will offer technology transfer and technical assistance for the Malaysian AV8 vehicles.

The 257 AV8 vehicles include 46 units in IFV25 infantry fighting vehicle configuration, 68 in AFV30 version, and 54 in anti-tank configuration. The first 12 IFV25 vehicles were delivered in December 2014, while the remaining 34 are scheduled for delivery in 2015.

Variants of AV8 vehicles

The AV8’s variants include:

  • AFV-30 armoured fighting vehicle
  • IFV-25 infantry fighting vehicle
  • Armoured fighting vehicle with 12.7mm remotely controlled weapon station (RCWS)
  • 120mm mortar, LCT30 anti-tank vehicle
  • Command vehicle
  • Armoured ambulance
  • Armoured recovery
  • Signals intelligence vehicle
  • Armoured surveillance vehicle with battlefield radar and mast mounted sensors
  • Maintenance vehicle
  • Engineering and nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) reconnaissance vehicle

AV8 armoured vehicle design and features

The AV8 is made of composite aluminium and steel armour. Its modular design allows for integration of a variety of mission systems.
The vehicle is operated by three crewmen, including commander, gunner and driver, and can carry up to 11 troops. The soldiers enter / exit the vehicle through rear doors, while roof hatches are available for emergency egress.

The vehicle is fitted with an air conditioning system, an automatic fire suppression system and a self recovery winch.

Primary and secondary armament

The IFV25 infantry fighting vehicle variant has a FNSS Sharpshooter one-man turret with a 25mm cannon as the main armament. The AFV-30 anti-tank variant features a two-man Denel LTC30 turret with a 30mm GI-30 cannon as the primary armament. A FN Herstal MAG 58M 7.62mm coaxial machine gun serves as the secondary armament for both IFV25 and AFV-30.

The LCT30 anti-tank variant is equipped with a LCT30 ATGW turret with GI30 30mm gun, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, and four ZT3 Ingwe 127mm anti-tank guided missiles.

Protection features

Add-on armour modules installed at the front and sides of the hull offer protection against threats from small arms ammunition 7.62mm x 51mm up to STANAG 4569 level 2, and from 14.5mm x 114mm ammunition, piercing up to STANAG 4569 level 4.

The V-shaped hull provdies up to STANAG 4569 level 2A / 2B protection to the occupants against improvised explosive devices and mines.

The vehicle is fitted with NBC protection system for defence against nuclear, biological, chemical threats. The survivability is further enhanced by smoke grenade launchers located on both sides of the vehicle.

Fire control

Situational awareness for the driver / commander is provided through two thermal cameras and optical cameras placed in the front and rear. Periscopes at the front of the vehicle provide increased visibility to the crew.

The vehicle has a ballistic computer and touch-screen panels to display images, ballistic data and location details. It also features a laser warning detector for the detection of laser emissions, and a global positioning system receiver to track the exact location.

Engine and mobility of AV8 armoured vehicle

The AV8 armoured vehicle runs on a Deutz turbocharged diesel engine with an output power of 523hp. It is also fitted with an integrated auxiliary power unit.

"The vehicle is fitted with NBC protection system for defence against nuclear, biological, chemical threats."

The all-wheel steering system offers high-performance at high speeds. The run-flat tyres with dual channel central tyre inflation system (CTIS) deliver increased all-terrain mobility. The AV8 also has an independent air suspension on all wheels and an anti-lock braking system (ABS) for improved safety and control.

The multi-role vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 100km/h and offers a cruise range of 700km. It can travel at a speed of 6km/h in water using thrusters. It can climb a gradient of up to 60%, cross a trench of 2m, and negotiate a side slope of 30% and a vertical obstacle of 0.7m.

Participating contractors

Thales was awarded a subcontract by DefTech in September 2011 to provide advanced open vehicle electronic architecture systems for the new AV8 armoured vehicles. The systems include a range of C4ISR equipment, including communications, sensors, command and control, vetronics, optronics and mortar.

Malaysian defence communication technology provider Sapura Thales Electronics (STE) was selected to supply HF and VHF radio communications systems for the AV8 vehicles.

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