Malaysian MoD Joins Delegations From Indonesia and South Korea to Discuss Development of Armoured Vehicle Fleets

By Defence Iq, PRNE
Thursday, June 23, 2011

LONDON, June 24, 2011 -


Officials from the Malaysian, Indonesian and South Korean
Ministries of Defence will be gathering in Singapore in October to
examine the future growth of the region’s armoured vehicle fleets
at the 3rd annual Armoured Vehicles Asia conference.

Confirmation of the speaker faculty at this year’s event comes
in the wake of the announcement earlier this month of the $559
deal for event sponsor FNSS, a joint venture between BAE
Systems and Turkey’s Nurol Holding, to supply the Indonesian Armed
Forces with 257 wheeled armoured vehicles. The AV-8 vehicle
selected by the Malaysian military is based on the FNSS-designed
PARS 8×8 multi-purpose, multi-mission, wheeled armored vehicle.

“FNSS is committed to providing the means [...] to realize the
goal of developing an 8×8 Wheeled Armored Vehicle Family (AV8) to
meet the Malaysia Armed Forces requirements,” explains John Kelly,
Vice President of exports and international business for BAE
Systems’ Land and Armaments sector. “This effort will not only
benefit the Malaysian army but will also further develop the
indigenous capability in Malaysia.”

Examining Malaysia’s success in selecting a contractor for the
8×8 programme, the impact on Malaysia’s Defence industry, as well
as future armoured vehicle procurement and development in the
country, will be Major General Dato’ Pahlawan Dr. William R.
, Director of the Malaysian Institute of Defence and
Security, speaking on Day One of the programme.

Joining him to explore their own country’s vehicle fleet
expansion and to identify future procurement priorities and
capability requirements in the Asian region will be an expert panel
of speakers from Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Indonesia and South

  • Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander, Sri
    Lankan Army
  • Lieutenant General Dalip Bhardwaj (Ret’d), Former
    Director Mechanised Forces, Indian Army
  • Major General Surasit Thanadtank, Director General,
    Strategic Studies Centre, Royal Thai Armed Forces
  • Brigadier General Junias Tobing, Chief of TNI Center for
    Strategic Studies, Indonesian Ministry of Defence
  • Mr Yonghwan Kim, International Cooperation Director,
    Defence Agency for Technology and Quality, Korean Ministry of

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