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Nimr II

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Nimr II armored vehicle

The Nimr II armored vehicle is better protected than the US M1114 uparmored HMMWV

 
 
Country of origin Jordan / United Arab Emirates
Entered service 2007 (?)
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 3/7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 6.7 t
Payload capacity 2.5 t
Length 5.19 m
Width 2.3 m
Height 2.21 m
Mobility
Engine MTU diesel
Engine power 350 hp
Maximum road speed 135 km/h
Range 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Nimr II (Arabic for tiger II) is an armored version of the Nimr tactical vehicle. It was developed in United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Bin Jabr Group, though production was originally performed in Jordan by King Abbulah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). The Nimr II was first publicly revealed in 2007. This military vehicle is available both with 4x4 and 6x6 configurations. 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 the new factory. Currently Nimr military vehicles are produced in the UAE by Nimr Automotive, and can be considered as an Emirati vehicles. The company is currently a leading manufacturer of tactical military vehicles in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2012 the UAE and Algeria signed an agreement for production of armored version of the Nimr station wagon with 4x4 configuration in Algeria. The armored Nimr II is also in service with Jordan, Lebanon, and Libya (ordered 120 units).

   The Nimr II has some common features with the US M1114 uparmored HMMWV, though there are some differences between the two. The Nimr II is slightly larger than the US HMMWV. The 4x4 version of the Nimr II has a payload capacity of up to 2 500 kg. It can also tow trailers and light artillery pieces.

   This vehicle is available with a 3- or 5-door fully enclosed hull. There is also a 4-door pickup version.

   The Nimr II offers protection for the passengers against small arms fire and some level of protection against mine blasts and improvised explosive devices. Protection level can be tailored to suit the threat by installing add-on composite armor. The basic armor provides ballistic protection against 7.62x51 mm NATO ball rounds. Mine protection is against 6 kg of TNT under any wheels. With add-on armor kit fitted 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. So with maximum armor the Nimr II is better protected than the US M1114 uparmored HMMWV. An NBC protection system was proposed as an option.

   This armored vehicle has a roof hatch and can be fitted with a roof-mounted 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun machine gun, or 40-mm grenade launcher. Sometimes the Nimr II is even fitted with a heavy machine gun. Depending on customer requirements this vehicle can be fitted with remotely controlled weapon station. Some vehicles are fitted with smoke grenade dischargers.

   The Nimr II is powered by a German MTU diesel engine, developing 350 hp. Some vehicles were fitted

with Cummins ISBe 320 diesel (320 hp), mated to an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission.

 Vehicle has a permanent all-wheel drive. The Nimr II 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. This protected vehicle is fitted with a front-mounted winch.

   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

 

   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.

   6x6 armored personnel carrier. It has a 2-doors for the driver and co-driver, as well as rear door for entry and exit. There are some observation windows, as well as associated firing ports provided for the troops to fire their individual weapons. It was replaced in production by an improved Nimr Hafeet vehicle with 6x6 configuration.

 

 
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