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GKN Simba

Developed by GKN-Sankey (subsequently taken over by Alvis, and then by BAE Defense Systems) as a private venture in the 1980s, the Simba Armored Personnel Carrier was designed as a family of vehicles. Included in the initial offerings were a basic configuration, one-man turrets with either machine guns or 20mm cannon, a 2-man turret with a Cockerill Mk III 90mm gun, an open anti-aircraft mounting with Orelikon HS820 20mm cannnon, and a variant fitted with the Emerson TOW launcher originally developed for the M901 ITV. It was offered with one of two levels of armor, the basic kit resistant to bullets up to 7.62mm ball ammunition and shrapnel, with the heavier suite capable of defeating 7.62mm armored piercing rounds as well.

The only country to purchase the Simba was the Philippines, who bought around 150 vehicles during the 1990s, to be assembled in kits locally at a facility at Subic Bay. Malaysia looked into acquiring the type, but selected the Belgian SIBMAS family instead.

The primary user of the vehicle within the Philippine Armed Forces was the Philippine Army, with a smaller number going to the Presidential Security Group. Two variants were fielded, one with a one-man turret with a .50 caliber M2 machine gun, and the second with a one-man turret with a 25mm Oerlikon cannon of the type used on the country's FMC/United Defense AIFVs. Either variant could be fitted with a pintle mounted 40mm automatic grenade launcher, made by Chartered Arms Singapore (later ST Kinetics) on top of the turret. Both variants feature smoke grenade dischargers mounted on the turret.

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