Malaysia May buy Indonesian-Made Anoa Armoured Vehicles
JAKARTA, Nov 11 – Malaysia is mulling over buying Indonesian-made Anoa armoured personal carriers to replace the existing Condor fleet, Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
He said the Malaysian armed forces were currently evaluating the vehicles and their use by the Indonesian armed forces who were serving under the United Nations’ peace-keeping mission in south Lebanon.
“We are now in the final stage of our evaluation,” he said after visiting the Indo Defence exposition here today.
Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia had once used Indonesian products such as the CN235 transport aircraft apart from the Super Puma helicopters to transport VIPs.
On cooperation in the defence industry, Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia was looking into the production of medium calibre ammunition.
Ahmad Zahid had previously called on Asean countries to forge a smart partnership to minimise reliance on the West.
Asean countries imported at least US$25 billion of defence assets from Europe and North America, he said.
Seventeen Malaysian companies took part in the exposition.