Christopher F Foss, Editor, IHS Jane’s Land Warfare Systems, talks about the PT.Pindad Badak Direct Fire vehicle. The Badak (Bahasa Indonesian for Rhino) DFV leverages from the design, development and production of the Anoa (6×6) armoured personnel carrier (APC), of which a large number have been delivered to the Indonesian Army in numerous configurations.
It features a new hull design of all-welded steel with the driver’s compartment at the front right and the diesel powerpack to the left. The powerpack for the prototype consists of a Renault turbocharged diesel developing 340hp coupled to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission, with steering on the front four wheels. A new diesel powerpack has been developed for production vehicles and has now been qualified.
Badak is fitted with a Belgian CMI Defence CSE 90LP (low pressure) turret armed with a 90mm gun fitted with a muzzle brake, a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun (MG) and a roof-mounted 7.62mm MG. As the 90mm gun is not stabilised, the Badak DFV would normally come to a halt to open fire. The turret is fitted with a ventilator to remove fumes when the weapons are fired and a bank of four electrically operated smoke grenade launchers is mounted either side of the turret.