27 Oktober 2015
AV-8 Gempita with LCT30 turret and Ingwe anti-tank guided missile from Denel-South Africa (photo : Sekut Gulo MMP)
Denel Land System is supplying 176 turrets for the Malaysian project; the contract covers 69 armed with the DLS 30 mm CamGun; 54 armed with the same cannon and the Denel Dynamics Ingwe missile; and an overhead weapons station for the armoured personnel carrier variant of the Malaysian vehicle.
The LCT30 ATGW variant is the most well-armed variant of the AV8, and is equipped with the LCT30 ATGW turret from Denel Land Systems. The LCT30 ATGW turret is armed with a Denel GI30 30mm gun and one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun as well as four ZT3 Ingwe 127mm anti-tank guided missiles. The Ingwe is a laser beam riding missile with a range of 5000m and the ability to engage moving targets. 54 units of this variant will be produced in the first batch of 257 AV8s.
12 of the IFV-25 variant which is fitted with a one-person FNSS Sharpshooter turret armed with a stabilised ATK Armament Systems M242 25 mm dual-feed cannon and an FN MAG 58M 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun (MG) are assigned to the 19th Battalion, Royal Malay Regiment, which is said to require 88 Gempitas in total. This beast is already in operational in Sabah.
(Malaysia Military Power)