Signed of 11 April 2003 contract between representatives of Malaysian Government and polish company BUMAR, for deliver 48 MBT PT-91M, 6 technical protection vehicle WZT-4, 5 assisting bridges PMC - LEGUAN and 3 engineering vehicles MID-M, initiate active cooperation with Malaysian defence industry and Malaysian Armed Forces.
First PT-91 was building in winter 2005, and had hard tests in polish ranges. In those tests take part represents of Malaysian army whose supervise realisation of the contract. In August 2005 after small modification, which is the results of analyses from the test, tank was transported to Malaysia First public presentation of PT-91 M take place 31 August 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, during the big parade on Malaysia Independence Day. Tank open, column of Malaysian Armour Corps, and was represented in colors of 11th Regiment, 4th Mechanized Brigade.
First PT-91 was built in winter 2005, and had hard tests on Polish ranges. In those tests took part represntatives of Malaysian army whose supervise realisation of the contract. In August 2005 after small modification, which is the results of analyses from the test, tank was transported to Malaysia.
The first public presentation of PT-91 M took place on 31 August 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, during the big parade on Malaysia Independence Day. Tank, leading column of Malaysian Armour Corps, and was in colors of 11th Regiment, 4th Mechanized Brigade. Tank presentation pique all spectators, and was subject of big interest in South -Asia Region, all information services from that region gave news about the new tank.
The same tank which was presented on the parade, since September till December 2005 passed very hard tests in extreme terrain and climate conditions, and confirm its high technical quality.
Those tests allow to implement necessary modification related to normal exploitation, in first series, which were on the production line of BUMAR's factories. Parallel in Poland instruction course for crew and technicians was started.
Final version of PT-91 M is slightly different from tanks which are being used by the Polish Army. The tank is powered by new, developed in PZL Wola together with German Renk power pack consists of engine S1000R with 1000 HP and SESM Renk ESM350M driving system. Tank is equipped with Slovakian Company Konstrukta Defence 2A46MS cannon, with electronic stabilisation system from EADS, and with new mechanisms of rising cannon and turret rotation. Also front and turret armour-plate configuration has been changed.
PT-91M is equipped also with Sagem Savan 12 fire control systems with panoramic commander surveillance device VIGY-15. Also armour has been changed, by strengthening it. Tank from BUMAR has been equipped also in universal self-defence system SSP-1 Obra 3 from Industrial Optical Center, which cooperates with 2 suite of 81mm smoke grenades launcher 902A from ZM DEZAMET. Tank's cannon are compound with 7,62mm machine gun from Belgian FN Herstal. This company delivers also 12,7 mm large-bore machine gun M2HB-QCB operated by commander and installed on the turret.
In the Tank also many construction changes were implemented. Aalso driver section wassignificantly changed. For the first time in the T-72 family tanks steering-wheel instead drag-link was installed. Tank is also equipped with air-condition system, modern WMD protection and pollution detection system were instaled. Also battlefield control system and LNS navigation and GPS systems were installed. In accordance to the contract from October 2003, Malaysian company MMC Defence has produced rubber elements of caterpillar tracks, on German company Diehl Remscheid license.
PT-91M tank is an example of elastic treatment by BUMAR of their contrahents. Especially for Malaysia and for special requirements of this country, tank which is one of the best in his category has been made. PT-91 M has time to awake interest in three other clients. So there is a chance for other export contracts. This year Forecast International, analysys show that tanks from T-72 family will, determine 45% of all sold MBTs, over the world.