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Friday, December 5, 2014

Indonesian Badak ready to hit the world

PT. PINDAD launched its newest product, 6x6 armored vehicles equipped with a 90mm canon weapons systems (turret), and given the name 'Badak' (or 'Rhinos' in English) by the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Jusuf Kalla some time ago.

"We developed this combat vehicle from the previous armored engineering technology which used in the Anoa (PT. PINDAD's armored personel carrier), and for the weapon systems, we are in collaboration with the Belgian leading turret developer, Cockerill," said Tri Hardjono, PT. PINDAD Director as reported on their official website on Thursday, November 6, 2014.
The newest PT. PINDAD Panzer with 90 mm canon called 'Badak'. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1AhvQsN)
The 'Badak' panzer born as the results of the study and cooperation of PT. PINDAD with the Cockerill Maintenance et Ingenierie SA (CMI) team. Basic cooperation between the two companies have departed from the 'Memorandum of Understanding' has been agreed two months earlier.
Top view of Badak, the newest PT. PINDAD Panzer with 90 mm canon. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1I1GZDb)
PT. PINDAD duty to develop the combat vehicles, with the base design of Anoa which modified by using a 6-cylinder diesel engine that is capable of spraying a power of 340 hp. And with a monocoque body is claimed to withstand shots up to 12.7 mm ammunition, and the use of independent double wishbone suspension technology to maintain the stability of the vehicle when fired its 90 mm canon.
Front view of Badak, the newest PT. PINDAD Panzer with 90 mm canon. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1vTzn0A)
"If all the preparations well then half of next year, the PT. PINDAD and Cockerill will start joint production phase of the 90 mm canon turret," said Tri.

Meanwhile CMI known by the Cockerill brand for its weapons system (turrets) in the world, in this scheme have agreed to make the process of transfer of technology and engineering with PT. PINDAD crew in producing a 90 mm canon armament systems.

The 'Badak' co-operation project involving various experts and staff from both companies and centered on the PT. PINDAD factory facility in Bandung. "We believe the presence of these Badak can support the achievement of Indonesia's defense strategy contained in the Minimum Essential Forces (MEF) in the fulfillment of defense equipment for the Indonesian Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia/TNI)," he said.

James Claude, CMI representative added, the presence of this new armored products in addition to supporting the fulfillment of the mandate of the MEF also to prepare the PT. PINDAD personnel reliably in order to enter the world's 90 mm canon armored vehicle market. "CMI will support efforts to develop the PT. PINDAD capacity and expertise, we also will jointly market the new product through the CMI's global marketing network in various countries," said James.

Meanwhile, according to Sena Maulana, PT. PINDAD Communication Department Head, Badak Panzer is superior than South Korean-made Tarantula panzer. "South-Korean Tarantula panzer are both using 90 mm (canon), but Badak is superior on higher maneuverability," as he explained. Not only that, the Badak price was fairly cheap with its technological sophistication (Badak price was far below the Tarantula panzer). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PINDAD | IMQ]
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