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Desert Iris

Light special forces vehicle

Desert Iris

The Desert Iris light utility vehicle is based on Toyota automotive components

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Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 1.65 t
Maximum load 0.5 t
Length 4.25 m
Width 1.9 m
Height 1.75 m
Engine Toyota 2.8-liter diesel
Engine power 88 hp
Maximum road speed 120 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording ~ 1 m


   The Desert Iris was developed by the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) to meet operational requirements of the Jordanian Armed Forces for a light and cost-effective non-armored vehicle. Initially it was intended for airborne and rapid deployment forces.

    A contract was signed for 199 Desert Iris vehicles. It is currently in service with Jordanian Armed Forces and is usually used in patrol role. It was also exported to Bahrain, Libya, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

   The Desert Iris is based on Toyota Hilux automotive components to reduce development, production and maintenance costs. Vehicle is powered by a Toyota 2.8-liter diesel engine, developing 88 hp. The Desert Iris is claimed to have excellent cross-country performance and handling.

   The Desert Iris is equipped for carrying passengers or weapons. It is fitted with a weapons tray for various applications. It can carry 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine guns, TOW launcher, multiple rocket launcher, or other weapons. Weapons can be easily removed or reconfigured depending on the mission requirements.

   Vehicle can tow light trailers or light artillery pieces, such as mortars.


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Desert Iris

Desert Iris

Desert Iris

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