Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Special forces receive new light combat vehicle

The Special Combat and Assault Vehicle (SC-09A)
The domestically produced SC-09A has been introduced with the SFC's 871 Airborne Group 

The Ministry of National Defense has begun delivering a new indigenous light combat vehicle to be used by special forces for off-road combat operations. 

The unarmored, 1,225kg four-wheel-drive Special Combat and Assault Vehicle (SC-09A) was locally manufactured, with an initial contract for 56 vehicles, Defense News reported yesterday, adding that a ministry source would not reveal the identity of the manufacturer. 

The 871 Airborne Group under Special Forces Command is the first unit to receive the three-seat vehicle, which comes with -puncture-proof wheels, an anti-blast fuel tank, night-vision equipment and a searchlight, the article said. The vehicle has right passenger and rear gun mounts that can be fitted with MK-19 40mm grenade launchers and T-74 machine guns, Defense News said, adding that a third gun rack, which can accommodate three T-91 assault rifles, was located in the rear compartment. 

My article, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here.

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