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Heavy infantry fighting vehicle

Temsah heavy IFV

The Temsah heavy IFV is a conversion of the Centurion MBT

Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 35 t
Length ~ 7.8 m
Width 3.4 m
Height ~ 2 m
Main gun 20-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine AVDS-1790-V12
Engine power 750 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 50 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.9 m
Trench 3.35 m
Fording 1.45 m


   The Temsah (crocodile) heavy infantry fighting vehiclecarrier is a conversion of the Centurion main battle tank. The Temsah was developed by Jordanian King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) in cooperation with South African and British companies. Vehicle was revealed in 2001. However it seems that Temsah received no production orders.

   The Centurion MBT has a rear power pack arrangement, what became an issue for the designers in attempt to make troop compartment in the rear part of the vehicle. Designers of the Temsah found a simple solution and swapped front end of the vehicle with the rear. So the vehicle is driving backwards comparing with the original Centurion. Thus the spacious front space of the Centurion was converted to the troop compartment.

   The Temsah heavy IFV has a low-profile welded hull with a significant inclination angles. Hull sides are covered with massive side skirts. It is claimed that frontal arc provides protection against 120-mm ammunition. Additional passive or explosive reactive armor packages might be fitted.

   Prototype of the Temsah was armed with a French GIAT M621 20-mm cannon, however production models were planned to have a British stabilized cannon of the same caliber. Additional armament consists of coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. It was planned that production models of the Temsah will have an anti-tank guided missile launcher.

   The Temsah heavy IFV has a crew of two and provides accommodation for ten troops. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via a rear ramp or five roof hatches. There are no firing porst in order not to compromise protection.




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Temsah heavy IFV

Temsah heavy IFV

Temsah heavy IFV

Temsah heavy IFV

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