The Malaysian government through its Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu, announced that it will work with Turkey to produce eight-wheel armored combat vehicle to beef up its defense capabilities.
The Defense Minister also noted during the announcement the importance of having the ability of producing arms and military vehicles domestically for Malaysia’s national security.
Last July 2019, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad went to Turkey at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan, where he visited the country’s air defense technology and similar sectors as part of exploring potential defense cooperation. The Prime Minister said at the time that Turkey has offered to support the development of the local defense industry in Malaysia through enhanced technology transfer from Turkish defense.
(Source: Daily Sabah Defense; FMT News; Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia)