DSA 2018: Malaysia’s Deftech unveils surveillance variant of AV8 Gempita AFV

Malaysia's DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (Deftech) officially unveiled a surveillance variant of its Gempita 8x8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) for the Malaysian Army at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia's Deftech officially unveiled a surveillance variant of its AV8 Gempita AFV at the DSA 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.Photo by: IHS Markit/Gabriel Dominguez
Named the AV8 Gempita SURV, the vehicle is equipped with a telescopic surveillance (optronic and radar) mast designed to provide battlefield commanders with an enhanced situational awareness. “The platform’s classified onboard radar system is a key enabler in compressing the cycle between acquiring and destroying a target,” a company official told Jane’s .
Jane’s understands that the vehicle, which was first seen a few weeks earlier in images provided by the official Berita Tentera Darat Malaysia (BTDM) news portal, is fitted with the Rheinmetall Vingtaqs II target acquisition system.