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20 April 2016

DSA 2016: CONDOR APC Upgrade Can Help with Budget Saving

The Radpanzer CONDOR (RPZ CONDOR  4x4 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), is proven upgradable and the Malaysian government is expected to save up to RM1.58 billion in defence budget if it agrees with the re-manufacturing programme. The upgraded version RPZ CONDOR prototype is showcased at DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (DEFTECH) pavilion at DSA 2016.

MT was told the Armoured Re-manufacturing Programme (ARM) proposed by DEFTECH, which involved refurbishment and upgrade jobs, would cost half, compared to buying new APCs.

DEFTECH Chief Executive Officer, Lt Col Datuk Amril Samsudin, said the Armour Directorate of the Malaysian Army has indicated that a total of 316 units of RPZ CONDORs  needed to be refurbished and upgraded in stages to meet the Royal Armoured Corp's order of battle and would cost about RM10 million per unit. The current RPZ CONDOR has shown great overall performance, durability and reliability since its introduction in the Malaysian Army in 1981. They were used in all four regiments of the Royal Amoured Corps of the Malaysian Army and were scheduled to be decommissioned by 2018. However, the decommissioned RPZ Condor will be replaced with the armoured vehicle 8x8 GEMPITA for only two regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps. Hence, the other two regiments will either need new assets or remanufacture refurbished of the present system. In order to meet the urgent operational requirement, DEFTECH has proposed the remanufacturing programme (on RPZ CONDOR  to the Malaysian Army for the other two regiments.