24 April 2014
Malaysian army could purchase 200 Chaiseri First Win 4x4 under the brand name of Deftech AV-4 (all photos : Malaysiaflyingherald)
Defence companies from Thailand and Malaysia are hoping to secure a contract from the Malaysian government to build up to 200 4x4 multipurpose armoured vehicles for the Malaysian Army.
The vehicle will be based on the First Win armoured vehicle, designed by Thailand's Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Company and built under licence by Malaysia's DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (Deftech). In Malaysia the vehicle has been named the AV4.
Company officials told IHS Jane's at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on 16 April that they expect funds to become available to procure a first batch of AV4 vehicles in the first quarter of 2015.