This video demonstrate Malaysian born AV8 GEMPITA military armoured vehicle in DEFTECH plant, Pekan Pahang. The DefTech AV8 Gempita (Thunder) is an amphibious multirole armoured vehicle developed by Malaysian defence vehicle company DefTech based on the FNSS Pars. The vehicle has a modular design which allows the fitting of different turrets, weapons, sensors, and communications systems on the same vehicle. The vehicle has 12 variants, including the armoured personnel carrier, infantry fighting vehicle, tank destroyer, signals intelligence vehicle and recovery vehicles. It is manufactured by DefTech in Pahang, Malaysia.
The driver and the commander seats are located at the front of the vehicle, the turret in the middle and the troop’s compartment at the rear. There is three large day periscopes at the front position of driver and commander and one on each side that provide excellent visibility. Eleven infantrymen can be seated at the rear of the hull on individual seats down each side of the hull facing inwards. All shock-absorbing seats are fitted with five-point seatbelts as standard. Back of the driver and commander position, there is an access passage to the troop compartment at the right side of the hull. The troops leave and enter the vehicle via a large hydraulic ramp mounted at the rear of the hull. The hull of the original Pars consisted of a composite aluminium and steel armour that provides protection for the crew and infantry against firing of small arms 7.62 mm armour-piercing attack through a full 360°. The AV8 has add-on armour at the front and sides to increase protection level to STANAG 4569 Level 4, with protection against 14.5mm rounds. The AV8 is more protected than the basic PARS 8×8 with additional armour mounted at the front and to the sides of the hull. The driver and the commander seats are located at the front of the vehicle, the turret in the middle and the troop’s compartment at the rear.
The AV8 Gempita will be equipped with two types of turret designed and manufactured by the South African Company, Denel. The first is the LCT30, a two man turret with two-axis stabilisation and it is armed with a 30 mm GI-30 cannon and a FN Herstal MAG 58M coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun with elevation from -10° to +30° and 360° traverse. The MAG 58M is a 7.62 x 51 mm NATO machine gun specifically designed and developed by the Belgian Company FN Herstal for pintle type airborne, land and sea applications. It can be installed on FN mount or on the existing mount of the carrier. The MAG58M fires from an open breech to avoid the cook-off phenomenon and is fed with belted ammunition. The rate of fire can be ajusted manually through a gas regulator which ensures a smoothly functioning and overcomes stoppages in adverse conditions. The GI30 is a dual-feed 30×173 mm cannon with an effective range of 3 000 m. The second is the LCT30-ATGW, an antitank variant of the LCT30 which is similar but integrates the beam generator for the Ingwe laser beam-riding missile, mounts elevating twin launchers on either side, and has a different thermal imager lens to allow for the greater engagement ranges. The Ingwe missile from Denel Dynamics business entity, has an effective range of 5,000 m and a tandem shaped-charge warhead that can penetrate up to 1,000 mm of homogenous steel armour protected by reactive armour.
The AV8 Gempita uses a 8×8 chassis and is motorized with a German Deutz turbocharged diesel engine, developing 550 hp, coupled to a fully automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gears. The diesel power pack is mounted to the rear of the driver and commander position on the left side of the hull. The AV8 can run at a maximum road speed of 100 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 700 km. The vehicle can climb up to 60% gradient and vertical obstacle of 0.7 m, move on 30% side slope and cross a trench of maximum 2m.
FNSS and DEFTECH previously delivered 211 ADNAN Armored Combat Vehicles (ACV) and 8 120mm ACV Mortar Carriers to the Malaysian Army and are now about to complete the deliveries of 48 additional ADNAN ACVs under a separate contract.
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