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DSA 2022: Cendana unveils new vehicles for Malaysian Army

Cendana has won contracts to supply the Malaysian Army with several new vehicles including the Artac armed tactical ground vehicle (pictured above). (Janes/Jon Grevatt )

Malaysian firm Cendana Auto has unveiled a range of new 4×4 vehicles that it is developing and building for the Malaysian Army.

The company said at the Defence Services Asia 2022 (DSA 2022) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur that all the vehicles have been designed and developed locally, with systems provided by a range of overseas suppliers.

The platforms include the SF-21X special operations vehicle, the ‘Artac' armed tactical ground vehicle, the ‘Fitted for radio' (FFR) signals vehicle, and the MT-815 tactical mortar transporter.

A company official told Janes that Cendana has been contracted to supply an initial 16 SF-21X vehicles for the Malaysian Army's special forces.

He said trials have recently concluded and Cendana is preparing to build the vehicles, which feature a 7.62 mm machine gun, at its production facilities in Semenyih, about 40 km south of Kuala Lumpur.

Cendana also has a contract to supply 49 Artac vehicles to Malaysian Army infantry divisions. The vehicle can be fitted with a 12.7 mm machine gun, a 40 mm grenade launcher, a 7.62 mm Gatling gun, or an anti-tank missile launcher.

The company has two deals to supply its FFR vehicle, which is fitted with Thales communications equipment. It has supplied 21 vehicles out of 40 contracted for the Malaysian Army's Signals Regiment. The Cendana official said that the remaining vehicles will be delivered in 2022.

In addition, the company is supplying the FFR vehicle to Malaysian UN peacekeepers and 20 out of 30 vehicles have been delivered.

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