Pindad Badak Fire Support Vehicle Enter Service in Indonesian Army Strategic Reserves Command
Pindad Badak Fire Support Vehicle Enter Service in Indonesian Army Strategic Reserves Command

Pindad Badak Fire Support Vehicle Enter Service in Indonesian Army Strategic Reserves Command

The newest Pindad Badak Fire Support Vehicle will go into service with the Indonesian Army Strategic Reserves Command (Komando Cadangan Strategis Angkatan Darat, Kostrad). On January 27, 2022, the Indonesian Army, received seven 6×6 Rhino Ranpur Fire Support Vehicles delivered by PT Pindad. Two of the Ranpur Badak FSVs assigned to the 2nd Kostrad Infantry Division, unit have immediately been submitted to a complete inspection in view of ensuring they can properly carry on their tasks. Pindad Badak is a 6×6 fire support vehicle designed and produced by PT Pindad. The product is a joint venture between Pindad and the Belgium-based Cockerill Maintenance & Ingenierie SA Defence (now John Cockerill). PT Pindad has signed a contract with Ireland’s Timoney Technologies for a customised Timoney modular drive-line, transfer case, and steering system to upgrade the Badak 6×6 fire support vehicle drive train.

Pindad Badak Fire Support Vehicle Enter Service in Indonesian Army Strategic Reserves Command
Pindad Badak Fire Support Vehicle Enter Service in Indonesian Army Strategic Reserves Command (Photo by Divif2 Kostrad)

The Badak, which means rhinoceros in Indonesian, is a modification of Pindad’s previous light-armored vehicle, the Anoa, which was also named after a native species from Sulawesi. The Badak featured a new design with all-welded monocoque steel hull with STANAG 4569 Level 3 protection, a new 340 hp power pack located at the front left and the driver now seated on the right side (beside the engine), leaving the remainder of the hull clear for the installation of the turret. The suspension also utilises double wishbone independent suspension (as opposed to torsion bar on the Anoa) for better stability while firing the 90 mm canon. The Cockerill CSE 90LP two-person turret has a baseline protection of up to STANAG 4569 Level 1 (upgradable to Level 4) and is armed with a 90 mm low-pressure rifled gun. In addition, there is a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun, with another 7.62 mm machine gun mounted on the left side of the turret roof for use in the limited air and self-defence roles, and also two-banks (four each) of 76 mm smoke grenade projectors on either side of the turret.

Pindad Badak Fire Support Vehicle Enter Service in Indonesian Army Strategic Reserves Command (Photo by Divif2 Kostrad)