The 5 Most In-Demand UAE-Manufactured Military Vehicles Today

The seven-state federation may be better known for its lavish skyscrapers and unique luxuries, but the UAE’s cosmopolitan nature belies a battle-hardened military experiencing high demand in the fight against insurgency groups. Despite its small size, the UAE armed forces have quietly been landing expeditionary forces in countries such as Afghanistan and Yemen as well as Africa, and elsewhere in the Gulf region.

Leading its recent military demonstrations throughout the surrounding region has been a convoy of hardened military vehicles. Their battle-ready vehicles have become a prominent figure in many support operations, including peacekeeping and intelligence gathering missions as well as within the special operations community.

As the backbone of the UAE’s ground-based fighting capability, these five in-demand armored vehicles are making great strides in operational zones of unrest and conflict.


1. AJBAN 440A

A highly mobile 4x4 protected vehicle, the AJBAN 440A incorporates the latest military hardware in regards to ballistic and blast protection. Made to operate in the most trying environments, the AJBAN 440A is known for its exceptional off-road capability along with its peerless reliability and performance.

Designed on a modular platform, the AJBAN 440A can be outfitted and configured to suit a variety of operational roles. Common logistics is supported, lowering the lifecycle costs and enabling fleets to defense users to maintain a single fleet capable of catering to various mission requirements.

2. JAIS

This family of vehicles is host to two multi-purpose mine-protected vehicles, the 4x4 and 6x6 configurations. The JAIS family of vehicles has been in demand since manufacturing began in late 2015 in Abu Dhabi. In 2016, the general public viewed the JAIS vehicles up close when the UAE military showcased the line during the National Day parade, before showcasing its might in offensive operational conditions in Yemen’s southern Red Sea coast.

Developed to meet the evolving nature of asymmetric warfare, JAIS offers increased ballistic protection without sacrificing tactical mobility. Both the 4x4 and 6x6 configurations are highly modular and multi-role in nature, affording JAIS vehicles opportunities to support multiple mission variants on the same platform.

Crew survivability has been at the forefront of its design, and both configurations are outfitted with a “crew citadel” protection system that offers unparalleled protection against the prolific use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unconventional ballistic threats.


3. HAFEET 640A

A strategic player in offering an optimized combination of mobility, protection and payload, the HAFEET 620A is highly mobile and armored to protect against asymmetrical blast and ballistic threats. Available in multiple configurations, the HAFEET 640A is a protected 6x6 patrol vehicle providing critical logistics and utility support for various mission requirements.

Its technical features such as its double wishbone independent suspension portal axles, C4I system, nuclear biological chemical (NBC) and RPG protection system, and battlefield management system (BMS), offer superior tactical mobility, situational awareness, and effective communication integration.

4. TYGRA

Designed for use in various operational situations — from border security to personnel movement — the TYGRA offers a 4x4 and 6x6 configuration in various body schemes.

A veritable workhorse, the TYGRA is able to operate in the harshest environmental conditions while maintaining excellent reliability, durability and ease of maintenance. This multi-role vehicle can be equipped with multi-purpose weapon systems ensuring superior offensive firepower in active and passive mission requirements.

Additional add-on options are available. The TYGRA can be modified for security solutions while maintaining tremendous comfort for its occupants.


5. Rapid Intervention Vehicle

When the special operator community in the UAE requires a vehicle with great crossover capabilities to adapt to various mission requirements, they turn to the Rapid Intervention Vehicle or RIV. A light 4x4 vehicle, the RIV is capable of using its superior speed and mobility to gain a critical advantage in high-speed responses to tactical situations in remote sites. Its ability to traverse difficult terrain at high-speeds enables special forces operators to successfully carry out covert operations.

The RIV’s ability to be transported via fast ground transit or helicopter insertion addresses a critical mission need for a rapid deployment vehicle capable of quickly responding across a diverse scope of operational requirements.

With few indicators that unrest and conflict in regions such as the Middle East and North Africa will abate any time soon, the UAE has responded to these unpredictable and asymmetrical threats with engineering innovation, creating highly responsive, tactically mobile vehicles capable of delivering high levels of mobility and lethality.

AUTHOR BIO
Miles Chambers
Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager, NIMR Automotive LLC

Miles Chambers joined NIMR Automotive in October 2016 as Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager. In this capacity, Miles oversees NIMR Automotive’s expansion to Global markets, particularly into Europe and Southeast Asia. In addition to his responsibilities at NIMR Automotive, Miles is the Chairman of the Azerbaijan-South Africa Chamber of Commerce.

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