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MX-1 Kalakian

MX-1 Kalakian Fire-Support Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Place of origin Philippines
Production history
Manufacturer Steelcraft Industrial & Development Corporation
Specifications
Weight 11.5-12.5 tons depending on role
Length 5.35 m
Width 2.50 m
Height 2.25 m-projected info only
Crew 3 + 12 Riders

Main
armament
One .50 cal MG, one 7.62mm MG and one 40mm AGL in a Three Weapon Turret System
Secondary
armament
One 7.62mm MpMG in the rear cupola
Engine Cummins diesel 6-cylinder in-line engine
250hp
Operational
range
500 km (310 mi)
Speed 120 km/h (75 mph)

The MX-1 is a Philippine APC developed by Steelcraft Industrial & Development Corporation.

Development

The MX-1 is a fire support vehicle developed by Steelcraft Industrial & Development Corporation in the Philippines. Its development is derived from the Hari-Digma APC also designed by Steelcraft. It is the second of the four vehicles developed by Steelcraft.

Armament

Being a fire support vehicle, the MX-1 needed to have adequate firepower, so Steelcraft designed a unique Three-Weapon Turret System and a rear cupola for the MX-1's use. The Three-Weapon Turret System consists of a .50 cal machine gun, a 7.62mm multipurpose MG and a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher for extra punch. The rear cupola houses another 7.62mm multipurpose machine gun for rear coverage. This gives the MX-1 four weapons to bring against different types of targets, giving it flexibility in various engagements.

Armor

Information has not been released by the Philippine government.

Engine

The MX-1 uses a Cummins diesel in-line 6-cylinder engine. The engine produces 250 hp (190 kW) and gives the MX-1 a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The Cummins engine was chosen for its robustness and reliability, both very important in the jungle terrain of the Philippines.

Deployment capability

The MX-1 has two side doors and one rear door for fast deployment. Tested against the one-doored Simba (APC), results showed 150% faster deployment time on exiting the vehicle. This rapid deployment was promoted as one of the strengths of the MX-1.

Variants

  • None. Only one prototype was created.

Related development

Users

  • Philippines

Philippine Army- One prototype only. Never entered service.

Source: Phildefencetechblog

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