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Military Vehicles [Indonesia]: PT-44 "Maesa" Ran-Tis (TNI-AD)
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Language of Video Presentation: Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)
PT-44 is a pinnacle of Indonesian technological transfer and production capabilities. The 2.5 Tonne truck is destined to fulfill the needs of military MTV or Medium Tactical Vehicle (in Indonesian: Ran-Tis, short for Kendaraan Taktis) as required by TNI-AD (abbreviation of "Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat", English translation: National Military of Indonesia - Ground Force) in the near future. This is to replace various expensive western purpose-built vehicles and highly modified (in-house) Japanese civilian models, thereby slimming down the maintenance requirements as well as standardising the transport platform across the military branches and corps. The truck is completely brand new from the ground up and is purported to be the first locally engineered military vehicle in South East Asia.
Though Indonesia has thriving indigenous defense industries through government-owned companies as well as private enterprises, it's generally been content with producing licensed copies or modified versions of existing products using conventional technologies. PT-44 is a new direction in the industry where a South African partnership with the Indonesian firm of Pacific Technology (PT) were formed to fulfill the request of Departemen Pertahanan - Direktorat Teknologi dan Industri (English: Defense Department - Technology and Industry Directorate) for a cheaper, locally developed and produced vehicle.
The whole truck is designed around the locally-designed PT-34 Independent Suspension System mounted to locally-engineered chassis. Other components such as the cabin, engine, and running gears are license-produced using technologies transferred from various overseas partner firms with long experience in their respective industries. These include:
Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG (Austria) - Engine
ZF Friedrichshafen AG (Germany) - Gearbox
Leyland DAF NV (Britain/Netherland) - Cabin
There were currently 6 prototypes undergoing extensive testing as of 2005. There are no report of limited or mass production for military contract as of yet.
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