The SIBMAS is a range of Belgian 6X6 armored vehicles, including a 6x6 amphibious armored personnel carrier and fire-support vehicle. SIBMAS was developed during the 1970s as a private venture by BN Constructions Ferroviaires et Metalliques. The first prototype was completed in 1976.
The SIBMAS carries a crew of three plus eleven passengers and is armed with a 90 mm Cockerill Mk III gun, a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun and an anti-aircraft 7.62 mm machine gun. It has a top speed of 100 kmh and a range of 1000 km.
Cockerill Mechanical Industries is an international group of companies based around the Belgian town of Liege. CMI's expertise lays mainly in energy, metal, transportation and defence. CMI Defence focuses on a small segment of the defence market.
The vehicle could be configured for a wide variety of roles. The driver sits up front with the weapon station behind him. The troop compartment extends from behind the weapon station to the rear of the vehicle with the engine compartment at the left rear of the vehicle. A wide range of turret and armament can be fitted including machine guns, cannon and guns up to 90mm in calibre. The SIBMAS AFSV-90 variant still has the capability to carry combat troops. It can still fulfil the IFV role, but the total number of troops that can be carried decreases due to the 90mm ammunition storage. The Troop compartment has three entry doors, one each side and one at the rear. There is a roof hatch as well as firing ports and vision device for the occupants.
In 1983 the Malaysian Army placed an order for 150 Sibmas 6x6 AIFVs from Belgium and 450 Condor 4x4 APCs from Germany. From the UK, came 25 Scorpion light tanks and 25 Stormer MICVs. The Sibmas, armed with a Cockerill 90mm gun is used in the fire support role, along with the Scorpion light tank also armed with a Cockerill 90mm gun. An armoured recovery variant of the Sibmas is also in service in Malaysia.
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