The Malaysian Army is starting a six-week mobility trial of three 8 x 8 vehicles to meet a potential requirement for an initial acquisition of 98 vehicles, which will be sufficient to equip one cavalry regiment.
The three vehicles to be evaluated are:
* the Finnish Patria Vehicles Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV), fitted with an Oto Melara two-person turret and armed with ATK GunSystems Company 30 mm MK 44 cannon;
* the Swiss Mowag Piranha IIIC, also fitted with an Oto Melara two-person turret; and
* the Turkish FNSS Pars, fitted with a one-person Sharpshooter turret armed with an ATK Gun Systems Company 25 mm M242 cannon.
Turkish FNSS Pars (photo : FNSS)
Defence sources indicated to Jane's that of the total 98 vehicles some 82 are required to be fitted with a turret armed with an automatic cannon.
At this stage it is understood that the user has not specified a one- or two-person turret or the calibre of the main armament.
The main role of the 82 vehicles will be reconnaissance, with the other 16 fulfilling specialized roles, such as command post vehicles.
The Sharpshooter turret armed with the 25 mm M242 cannon is already in service with the Malaysian Army and is installed on some of its recently acquired
FNSS fully tracked armoured combat vehicles.
All of the contenders were shown at DSA. The AMV has initially been deployed by the Polish Army, which has ordered a total of 690 vehicles, mostly in the 6 x 6
The Polish model is called the Rosomak and is fully amphibious with the minimum of preparation. Poland already has a contract from Malaysia covering the supply of an initial batch of PT-91M-series tanks plus a number of specialised versions, including armoured engineer and recovery vehicles and armoured vehicle launched bridges.