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The army’s key ongoing procurement programme is the delivery of 257 AV-8 vehicles. A combination of financial limitations and running changes to the vehicle based on the force’s experience of operations with vehicles already delivered has slowed down delivery, which was originally scheduled to be completed by 2018. No official figures have been released so far on the number of vehicles delivered but it is estimated that around 50 had been delivered by the end of 2016. The vehicles have primarily gone to the 19th (mechanised) battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment (19th RMR) based in Peninsular Malaysia. The battalion currently maintains a detachment of AV-8s in Sabah as part of the efforts to maintain security in Eastern Sabah. The 19th RMR operates the IFV-25 version of the AV-8 equipped with a BAE Systems Sharpshooter turret and Orbital ATK M-242 Bushmaster 25mm autocannon along with a small number of three other variants, the ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) variant equipped with Denel’s LCT-30 turret equipped with the firm’s GI30 30mm autocannon and four Denel ZT3 Ingwe laser-guided surface-to-surface missiles, the turret-less command variant and the turret-less signals variant. An initial delivery of five AFV-30 variants carrying the Denel LCT-30 sans the G130 weapon, has also been made to the 1st regiment of the TDM’s Royal Armour Corps. Gen. Affandi told the author that the army plans for the AV-8 to replace the Condor and GKN Snakey/BAE Systems Sibmas APCs in some units, but other units will continue to use the Condors due to the cost of the AV-8s and the financial challenges being currently experienced across the Malaysian armed forces. Deftech is working on an upgrade programme for the Condors with a prototype upgrade unveiled during the Defence Services Asia 2016 exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur. The Condor upgrade involves the replacement of the vehicle’s Mercedes Benz OM352A engine and axels, and improving the vehicle’s automatic transmission, hydraulic system, engine cooling, air conditioning, steering and vision. The vehicle is also to be outfitted to allow it to accept modern digital equipment with a rewiring of its electrical harness to this end. A new electrical open-topped turret with shields has also been installed with the preferred weapon to be mounted on it being the Dillon Aero M-134DH 7.62mm minigun. No contract for addition guns has been signed yet though the army has the M-134DH weapons on other platforms. Trials on the prototype are currently being conducted, and the army is expected to commence the upgrade programme if the prototype passes its trials and if funding is available. There is no information as to when this might occur. With around 300 Condors still in service, it is expected that any upgrade will be done in batches based on available funding rather than via a contract for the upgrade of the whole fleet. The army is also in the midst of receiving 20 Deftech AV-4 Lipanbara MRAP (Mine-Resistant/Ambush Protected) vehicles for use in Eastern Sabah (see above).
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