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Nimr vehicle

The Nimr is a purpose-designed tactical vehicle with good cross-country mobility

 
 
Country of origin Jordan / United Arab Emirates
Entered service 2005 (?)
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 6.25 t
Payload capacity 2.75 t
Length 5.5 m
Width 2.2 m
Height 2.5 m
Mobility
Engine Cummins ISBe 250 diesel
Engine power 250 hp
Maximum road speed 135 km/h
Range 700 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Nimr (Arabic for tiger) is a purpose-designed military vehicle. Development of this tactical vehicle was originally initiated by an Emirati Bin Jabr Group to meet requirements of Jordanian King Abdulah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). Concept of the new vehicle was first announced in 2000. A prototype vehicle was first displayed in 2001. During the same year production facilities were established in Jordan. First prototypes of the Nimr were developed by a Russian company, subsidiary of the famous GAZ automaker. However soon after the Emirati company stopped cooperation with the Russian company. Further development was carried out in United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Bin Jabr Group. Some other automotive companies from Australia and South Africa were involved in redevelopment of the original vehicle. United Arab Emirates ordered a first batch of 500 Nimr vehicles in 2005 and production commenced during the same year. Deliveries were also scheduled to begin during the same year. In 2011 and 2012 the UAE ordered another 1 200 of these vehicles. In 2009 the Nimr was ordered by Libya (120 vehicles). In 2009 Emirati state-owned Tawazun Holdings signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a joint venture for the production of the Nimr. In 2010 Emirati Tawazun Holdings acquired 60% stakes of the Nimr, while remaining 40% belong to the Emirati-based Bin Jabr Group. Production was moved from Jordan to United Arab Emirates. In 2011 production was re-launched in United Arab Emirates in a new factory. Currently the Nimr is produced in the UAE by Nimr Automotive, and can be considered as an Emirati vehicle. The company is currently a leading manufacturer of tactical military vehicles in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2012 UAE and Algeria signed an agreement for production of armored version of the Nimr in Algeria. Since 2015 the Nimr Automotive is a part of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), which incorporates a number of UAE's defense manufacturers.

   In concept the Nimr is similar to the US HMMWV, though there are some differences between the two. Currently newer version of this vehicle are produced.

   The Nimr is a purpose designed military vehicle with good cross-country mobility. In terms of size and payload capacity the Nimr fits the gap between jeeps and light trucks. It can carry loads of up to 2 750 kg, depending on the version. The Nimr can also tow trailers and light artillery pieces.

   The baseline Nimr accommodates driver plus 3 passengers. It has got a cargo area are at the rear. However there are numerous versions of this military vehicle with different cabs, different body types and seating configurations. There is a version that accommodates driver plus 7 passengers. In 2005 a 6x6 version of this tactical vehicle was revealed.

   There are armored versions of the Nimr. These vehicles provide protection for the crew against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters and explosions. An NBC protection system was proposed as an option.

   The Nimr can carry various weapon. Some versions have a universal gun mount ring on top of the roof and can be armed with a 7.62 mm, or 12.7 mm machine gun, or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.

   The Nimr is powered by a 5.9-liter Cummins ISBe 250 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 250 hp. Vehicle has a permanent all-wheel drive. The Nimr comes as standard with a central tyre inflation system. It improves mobility over difficult terrain, such as sand. It is also fitted as standard with run-flat tyres. Winch was proposed as an option.

   The Nimr can be airlifted by a C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft. The 4x4 version can be also airlifted underslung by a CH-53 helicopter.

 

Variants

 

   6x6 version. It is a larger vehicle with an added axle, which can carry more payload. A baseline cargo version has a 2-door cab with a large cargo area. It has a payload capacity of up to 5 000 kg. Though there are other cab configurations as well. The 6x6 variant of the Nimr was first displayed in 2005.

   Nimr II is an armored version. It was first publicly revealed in 2007. It is available both with 4x4 and 6x6 configurations. Maximum level of ballistic protection is against 7.62x51 mm NATO armor-piercing rounds. Maximum level of blast protection is against 6 kg of TNT anywhere under the hull. Vehicle is powered by a German MTU diesel engine, developing 350 hp. The Nimr II has a payload capacity of up to 2 500 kg. The Nimr II is in service with some countries. In 2012 UAE and Algeria signed an agreement for production of armored version of the Nimr in Algeria.

   NIMRAD (Nimr Air Defense) is an air defense vehicle, based on the Nimr 4x4 armored chassis. The Bin Jabr Group teamed up with MBDA of France and Rheinmetall Defense Electronics of Germany to develop this air defense vehicle. The NIMRAR has a small turret and is armed with four Mistral 2 man-portable surface-to-air missiles. The NIMRAD was first demonstrated in 2007.

   NIMRAT (Nimr Anti-Tank) is an anti-tank vehicle, based on the Nimr 4x4 armored chassis. It was developed to meet Iraqi Army requirement. As well as the NIMRAD, this anti-tank vehicle was also jointly developed by Bin Jabr Group, MBDA and Rheinmetall Defense Electronics. It has a similar turret as the NIMRAD air defense vehicle, but instead is armed with MILAN and MILAN ER anti-tank guided missiles. The NIMRAT can engage armored vehicles, tanks, buildings and field fortifications. Developers claim that within 12 hours a standard NIMRAD can be converted to NIMRAT, or vice versa.

   Nimr RIV open-topped special forces vehicles.

   GAZ Tigr (Russian for tiger) is a similar Russian 4x4 tactical vehicle. First prototypes of the Nimr were developed by a Russian company, a subsidiary of the GAZ automaker. These were revealed in the early 2000s. However soon after the Emirati company stopped cooperation with the Russian company. Further development of the Nimr was carried out in the UAE by Bin Jabr Group. Both parties retained blueprints of the tactical vehicle and the Russians continued development on their own. The GAZ launched production of their Tigr in 2005. During the same year production of the Nimr commenced in the UAE. Currently the Tigr is widely used by the Russian Army and law enforcement forces.

   Nimr Ajban is a current production version with 4x4 configuration. It is produced in the UAE.

   Nimr Hafeet is a current production version with 6x6 configuration.

 

 
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