The MX-8 is to fulfill a role that the larger Cadillac Gage Commandos and LAVs in service with the Armed Forces of the Philippines could not, and that was to provide small, armored and armed escorts through rebel-infested jungles.
Though not officially used by Steelcraft, or the Army, Barako "Wild boar" is the nickname given to the vehicle by members of the Philippines Defense Forces' Forum. Deed to be low-cost, yet effectively durable for the price — protection is equivalent to that of a Simba — a single unit costs ;hilippines Php 6.
Currently, the MX-8 is in its second prototype form after the first went through tgirl escorts okanagan at the Light Armored Division's Research and Development Command with ificant changes done to the frame and power train after the RDC's testing and evaluation found several potential problems arising from the prototype's de. The second prototype gets rid of these problems, and is currently awaiting to be transferred to the RDC for further testing and evaluation.
Engine[ edit ] Taking into consideration low cost, yet making the MX-8 as reliable as possible, the deers incorporated an off-the-shelf engine and drivetrain from a Mitsubishi medium-duty truck, a 4-cylinder, 4. Running on a 5-speed manual transmission, the MX-8 gets a Armor[ edit ] The MX-8's monocoque hull is made from quarter-inch rolled steel plating and is resistant to 7.
Glancing shots from. Building a monocoque body around the drive train and engine ensures maximum body rigidity philuppines eases manufacturing constraints while allowing the incorporation of a semi-V shaped hull and blow-away wheel wells as measures against anti-vehicle mines and IEDs. This enclosed turret may be replaced with an open turret ring mounting a simple heavy or general purpose machine gun and gunner shield.
Armament[ edit ] Armament is limited by the vehicle's carrying capacity, similar philippinss smaller armored vehicle standards, as well as what can dimensionally fit in the one-meter armored turret. The following may be the primary weapons outfitted on the MX 7.
Variants[ edit ] Proposed variants rumored to be in the pipeline as soon as production officially starts, though nothing final has come from Steelcraft, include: Armored personnel carrier and Amphibious assault vehicle.