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Al Fahd

Armored personnel carrier

Al Fahd APC

The Al Fahd outperforms other armored personnel carriers in terms of cross country performance

 
 
Country of origin Saudi Arabia
Entered service ?
Crew 1 men
Personnel 11 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 16.3 t
Length 7.9 m
Width 2.94 m
Height 1.91 - 2.36 m
Armament
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Deutz V10 diesel
Engine power 400 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 - 12 km/h
Range 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 80%
Side slope 55%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench 2 - 2.5 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Al Fahd wheeled armored personnel carrier was developed by a Saudi Arabian company. This armored vehicle is also referred as the Al Faris. It was to be the first production armored vehicle built in Saudi Arabia. Some sources report that Saudi Arabian National Guard ordered 100 of these armored personnel carriers in 1998. However it looks that this vehicle never entered into full production.

   This armored personnel carrier strongly resembled a Swiss MOWAG Piranha I. It had a front-mounted engine. Its hull was of welded steel construction. It was reinforced with Kevlar material. The Al Fahd could be equipped with a turret-mounted weapons, up to 40 mm caliber.

   This armored personnel carrier could transport 11 fully equipped troops. Driver was the only crew member, as commander detached with the troops. Infantry troops could enter and leave the vehicle via a large ramp with integral door at the rear of the hull. Firing ports for the troops were proposed as an option.

   The Al Fahd was powered by a Deutz V10 air-cooled diesel engine, developing 400 horsepower. Most unusual thing about this armored personnel carrier was its suspension leveling system. This vehicle had cross-country performance. In terms of off-road mobility the Al Fahd outperformed most of contemporary wheeled armored vehicles. Furthermore such suspension allowed vehicle to kneel. Amphibious system with two waterjets at the rear was optional. With the system installed the Al Fahd could ford water obstacles without preparation. It had a maximum amphibious speed on water of 10-12 km/h.

   Vehicle came with an NBC protection and air conditioning as standard. Automatic fire extinguishing system was proposed as an option.

 

Variants

 

   Al Fahd AF-40-8-1 is a baseline armored personnel carrier.

   Al Fahd AF-40-8-2 was a proposed armored reconnaissance vehicle, armed with a turret mounted 105 mm gun. This version was powered by a more powerful engine. This version also never reached production.

 

 
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