South African defence company Milkor has unveiled a new 8x8 armored vehicle at the IDEX 2019 held in Abu Dhabi. Though still at the Computer Assisted Design (CAD) stage, the new 8x8 armored vehicle design is focused on the balance between the drivetrain and independent suspension.
According to Armand Bodenstein, senior marketing manager at Milkor, ‘The drivetrain is where we see we can stand apart,’ As an ITAR-free product, it will be able to support a variety of weapons such as a 12.7 mm machinegun, 35 mm cannon and 40 mm grenade launcher.
A scale model of the new 8×8 was displayed for the first time at IDEX 2019. more details is expected to be made on the upcoming AAD 2020.
In its long-term plan the company, Milkor is working on a new 6x6 armored vehicle whichdefense experts believe will see the company pitching against Paramount Group of South Africa with its family of Mbombe vehicles which have already had some export success.
Speaking on markets Bodenstein said that the company is looking to focus on growing and emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America
Milkor gained popularity at last year's Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held in Pretoria, where it was one of the biggest exhibitors.
Meanwhile, the company has other development plans in the works with its unmanned systems, of which there are three in its portfolio. Bodenstein said that there are plans for weaponisation of the two larger UAVs, the MA 380 and the MA 80, with small guided bombs.