DSA 2018: Cendana introduces new Special Operation Vehicle

New Special Operations Forces light vehicles appeared at this year’s edition of Defence Services Asia (DSA), being held from April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur. Developed by the local company Cendana Auto SDN BHD, the Special Operation Vehicle (SOV) is designed to meet SOF needs deployed in harsh environment such as jungle.

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Cendana's SOV vehicles at DSA 2018

According to Cendana, the SOV can carry up to six fully equipped soldiers. It features excellent road holding thanks to a low center of gravity, fiddle brakes system and small turning circle giving rapid steering response. Distribution of 25% of weight over each wheel offers greater traction on all surfaces.

The SOV is powered by a 2.8l 5 Cylinder single stage turbo diesel engine (197hp), allowing the vehicle to reach a maximum speed of 170 km/h. Its modular design allows SOF operators to fit the vehicle with a wide range of sub-systems and weapon systems, such as 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machine guns, or 40 mm AGL.

It is 4.95 m long, 1.85 m high and 1.85 m wide. The vehicle has a 75% climb capability gradient and a 40% side slope gradient.