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20 Apr 16. Doosan teams with AVP on Malaysian Black Fox offer. Malaysian firm AVP Engineering and South Korea’s Doosan DST have teamed to offer the latter’s Black Fox 6×6 wheeled armoured vehicle to the Malaysian Army, the companies confirmed to IHS Jane’s at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2016 exhibition. Officials said the vehicle is being pitched as a possible replacement for the army’s SIBMAS armoured personnel carriers, which have been in service since the early 1980s. This vehicle is scheduled to be replaced by the Deftech 8×8 AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle, which is currently in production. However, officials said it is possible that Malaysia will also pursue the procurement a 6×6 vehicle. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
19 Apr 16. e2v, the innovative solutions provider, showcased its new RF Safe-Stop™ technology, with the ability to stop vehicle engines at a distance of up to 50m, at Counter Terror in London this week.
The RF Safe-Stop™ technology can immobilize a variety of motor vehicles and small boats, causing the engine to shut down, typically in less than one second, with a non-destructive effect.
e2v has conducted extensive testing and signal conditioning to ensure that the RF field falls within international guidelines, making it safe for humans.
e2v is the established market leader in high power RF generators; with over 50 years’ experience designing and manufacturing critical technology components that break new boundaries in medical, industrial, defense and security applications.
The RF Safe-Stop™ technology can be customized to suit a range of security applications.
Andy Wood, Product Manager at e2v commented, “We are delighted to be offering this new RF technology, which is enabled by e2v’s world leading design and manufacturing capabilities. We look forward to working with new and existing customers to build an RF Safe-Stop™ solution to suit their security needs.”
19 Apr 16. BAE Systems pitches Beowulf amphibious vehicle to Asian customers. BAE Systems held the Asian launch of its BvS10 Beowulf articulated, amphibious off-road tracked vehicle on 19 April at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, stating that the region is regarded as a key market for the newly developed platform.
Company officials said the vehicle is particularly suited to meet Asian capability demands to address humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) efforts. BAE Systems officials added that they expect to secure Beowulf purchase contracts from the Asian region within the next five years. The company has completed a first prototype of the Beowulf, which was unveiled at DSEI 2015 in September in London, and is currently “fine-tuning” the design. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
18 Apr 16. Malaysian Army Chief states Condor APCs and Scorpion tanks are to be upgraded. Malaysian army chief, General Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor, stated that the army plans to initiate an upgrade programme for its fleet of Alvis Vehicles Scorpion 90 light armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4×4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to enable them to continue operational service.
Speaking to IHS Jane’s, at the Defence Services Asia 2016 (DSA 2016) Exhibition, in response to a question on the display of a Scorpion upgrade prototype and a Condor upgrade prototype, he confirmed that the Malaysian Army plans to go ahead with the upgrades. “Both the vehicles shown are the proof of concept vehicles and we will go ahead with the programme once the trials are done and we are satisfied with the results,” he said, adding that he did not foresee any problems obtaining the funding for it as, “it saves the government money from buying replacement vehicles which would cost much more”.
Gen Affandi also stated that the Scorpio