Badak charges [INDODEF16-D2]

02 November 2016

Following trials with a prototype vehicle early in 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed a contract with local company PT Pindad for an initial batch of 50 Badak (6x6) 90mm Direct Fire Vehicles (DFVs) for the Indonesian Army. Production of these is now under way.

The Badak (Bahasa Indonesian for Rhino) DFV leverages from the design, development and production of the Anoa (6x6) armoured personnel carrier (APC), of which a large number have been delivered to the Indonesian Army in numerous configurations.

It features a new hull design of all-welded steel with the driver’s compartment at the front right and the diesel powerpack to the left. The powerpack for the prototype consists of a Renault turbocharged diesel developing 340hp coupled to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission, with steering on the front four wheels. A new diesel powerpack has been developed for production vehicles and has now been qualified.

Badak is fitted with a Belgian CMI Defence CSE 90LP (low pressure) turret armed with a 90mm gun fitted with a muzzle brake, a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun (MG) and a roof-mounted 7.62mm MG. As the 90mm gun is not stabilised, the Badak DFV would normally come to a halt to open fire.

Like the hull of the Badak, the turret is of all-welded steel armour construction, with the commander on the left and the gunner on the right. The gunner has a roof-mounted day/night sighting system, as has the vehicle commander, who also acts as the 90mm loader during combat operations.

The turret is fitted with a ventilator to remove fumes when the weapons are fired and a bank of four electrically operated smoke grenade launchers is mounted either side of the turret.

The commander, gunner and driver all have individual roof hatches, but can also enter and leave the vehicle via twin doors at the rear, which can also be used for 90mm ammunition resupply purposes.

Badak has a combat weight of 15,754kg, a maximum road speed of 80km/h and a maximum range on the main fuel supply of 600km.

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