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MX-7 "Gagamba"

The MX-7 (sometimes referred to as the Gagamba, or Spider) is a modified British-made Daimler Ferret Mk 2 scout car, acquired on the open market developed by Steelcraft Industries, Incorporated of Manila, Philippines. The project was initiallyed in the mid-2000s as a low cost scout and reconniassance vehicle for the Philippine Army. The major differences between the MX-7 and original Ferret Mk 2s were the additions of a new diesel engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. The original flip-down armored visors for the driver were also replaced with 3 panes of armored glass providing better visibilty. The vehicle was armed with a single M60 7.62mm machine gun in a 1-man turret and was fitted with 6 smoke grenade launchers on the front fenders.

While the MX-7 was said to have numerous locally fabricated components, the Ferret armored car was no longer in production making replacement parts for those not locally available difficult. As of 2007 the Philippine Army was said to be more seriously considering Steelcraft's MX-8, which despite being more expensive per unit, was made of a significantly higher quantity of locally available components.




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