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Enigma 8x8 APC

The Enigma armored personnel carrier packs a formidable punch

Country of origin United Arab Emirates
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 28 t
Length 8.4 m
Width 2.9 m
Height ?
Main gun 1 x 100 mm, 1 x 30 mm
ATGW 9M117 Bastion
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 40 x 100 mm, 500 x 30 mm rounds
ATGW 6 missiles
Machine guns 2 000 x 7.62 mm
Engine Caterpillar diesel
Engine power 710 hp
Maximum road speed 130 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m


   The Enigma 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carrier was developed by Emirates Defense Technology. It was first publicly revealed in 2015.

   This armored personnel carrier is fitted with a complete turret of the Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle. Vehicle packs a formidable punch with its 100 mm cannon and coaxial 30 mm cannon.

   The 100 mm gun fires HE-FRAG projectiles and anti-tank missiles. It can launch anti-tank laser-guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary munitions. Missiles have a maximum range of 4 km and penetrate 650-750 mm behind explosive reactive armor. This feature provides the Enigma a considerable anti-armor capability.

   The 100 mm gun is completed with a semi-automatic loader. Maximum rate of fire is 10 rounds per minute.

   A coaxial 30 mm cannon has a range of 2 km against ground targets and 4 km against helicopters. There is also a 7.62 mm machine gun. It is worth noting that most Western IFVs are armed only with a 30 mm cannon.

   It has been reported that Enigma is also compatible with other weapon systems. So weapon configuration may change, depending on customer requirements.

   The Enigma has modular armor protection. Additional armor can be fitted or removed, depending on requirements. It is claimed that Enigma provides high level of protection. When maximum armor is fitted it is possible that fitted front arc withstands hits from 30 mm armor-piercing rounds and all-round protection is against 14.5 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for improved protection against landmines.

   This armored vehicle has a crew of 3, including commander, gunner and driver. It can carry 8 fully-equipped troops. Troops egress and dismount via rear doors. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing, or emergency exit.

   The Enigma is powered by a Caterpillar turbocharged diesel engine, developing 710 hp. It is located at the front of the vehicle. On hard surface roads Enigma can travel with a top speed of 130 km/h. Vehicle has an all-wheel steering capability.

   A self-propelled variant of Enigma was proposed, fitted with an M777 155 mm lightweight field howitzer. This revolutionary howitzer is in service with the US Army, US Marine corps, and a number of other countries.


Enigma 8x8 APC

Enigma 8x8 APC

Enigma 8x8 APC





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