Hyundai Rotem Competes With 6x6 K806 For Malaysian Army Armored Vehicles Replacement
September 6, 2021
By: Army Recognition
According to Defense Studies, the Malaysian Army recently started to conduct the next-generation wheeled armored vehicle project to replace the Sibmas and Condor wheeled armored vehicles. About 400 6x6 vehicles should be ordered.
Currently, the main types of wheeled armored vehicles in operation by the Malaysian Army are 186 old Belgian-made 6x6 Sibmas introduced in the late 1970s, and 316 German-made 4x4 Condors. The Sibmas has a combat weight of 14.5 tons, carries 14 troops including a crew member, and is armed with a 90mm low-pressure gun. The Condor weighs 12 tons in combat condition, with 12 soldiers on board. The Malaysian army also operates 257 Turkish-made 8x8 AV8 vehicles.
In the field of tracked armored vehicles, the Malaysian Army operates 267 Turkish-made ACV-300s and 111 South-Korean-made K-200s. In terms of quantity, the 6X6 type and 4X4 type wheeled armored vehicles are the main ones.
The 6x6 K806 can reach a maximum road speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) with up to nine fully-armed soldiers on board. It can be configured as an APC, an Armoured Combat Vehicle (ACV) with a 30mm two-man turret, a Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV), and a Mobile Gun System (MGS)with a 90mm cannon. Hyundai Rotem's K806 is intended for the regional defense division under the 2nd Operation Command. Some units have already been delivered to the 37th Division, which was first deployed, as well as to the 31st, 32nd, and 39th divisions. The power pack of the K806 is a combination of a 420hp Hyundai H420 engine tuned for military use and a ZF automatic transmission (7 forward speed/1 reverse speed).