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Nimr Ajban

Light utility vehicle

Nimr Ajban

The Nimr Ajban is a new Emirati tactical vehicle

 
 
Country of origin United Arab Emirates
Entered service 2015 (?)
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 1/3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 7 - 9.5 t
Payload capacity ~ 2 t
Length 5.6 m
Width 2.3 m
Height 2.1 - 2.35 m
Mobility
Engine Cummins ISBe 300 diesel
Engine power 296 hp
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range 600 - 700 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.4 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 1 m

 

   The Nimr Ajban is a purpose designed military vehicle with 4x4 configuration. It is an updated version of the original Nimr, that appeared back in 2005. The Nimr was originally a joint Emirati and Jordanian project, with production taking place in Jordan. However eventually production was moved from Jordan and in 2011 production of the Nimr was re-launched in United Arab Emirates in a new factory. The Nimr Ajban can be seen as a recent production version of the original Nimr tactical vehicle. It is produced by Nimr Automotive. The company is currently a leading manufacturer of tactical military vehicles in the Middle East and North Africa. Since 2015 the Nimr Automotive is a part of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC). In 2015 the Nimr Ajban vehicles saw combat in Yemen. In 2017 the UAE ordered additional 115 Ajban vehicles in 4-door armored pickup configuration for delivery in 2018. This vehicle is being proposed for various export customers, including Asian and Eastern European countries.

   In concept the Ajban is similar to the US HMMWV, though there are some differences between the two. The Ajban is larger and can carry more payload. In terms of size and payload capacity the Nimr fits the gap between jeeps and light trucks. This vehicle has good cross-country mobility and can travel over difficult terrain. Due to its military nature the Ajban can withstand heavy use or even abuse, far exceeding that of militarized commercial vehicles, or those based on commercial drivelines.

   The Ajban is available as a 2- or 4-door pickup, or as 5-door station wagon. Also there are specialized versions of this vehicle. Most logistical and utility versions of the Ajban have a payload capacity of around 2 000 kg. All versions can be armored. This tactical vehicle can tow trailers or light artillery pieces.

   Some models of the Ajban have a roof-mounted hatch. A gun ring is proposed as an option. The Ajban can be armed with various weapons, such as 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun, or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. It also supports a remotely-controlled weapon station.

   There are some optional defensive equipment, that increases survivability of the vehicle. This optional equipment includes smoke grenade dischargers, fire suppression system, protective net against anti-tank rocket launchers, and even NBC protection system.

   The Nimr Ajban is powered by a Cummins ISBe 300 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 296 hp. Engine is mated to an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission. Vehicle has a permanent all-wheel drive. The Ajban has a number of standard equipment, which improves its mobility over sand and difficult terrain. This equipment includes a central tyre inflation system, run-flat tyres and self-recovery winch.

  There are numerous versions of the Nimr Ajban. Due to the modular nature of the vehicle it can be configured to suit various roles. All versions are using the same automotive components.

 

Variants

 

   Ajban 420 is a 2-door logistical vehicle with a rear cargo area. It can be also configured to carry various shelters.

   Ajban 440 is a 4-door pickup. It accommodates driver plus 3 passengers.

   Ajban 440A is an armored 4-door pickup. Its armor provides protection for the occupants against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. This vehicle can also survive mine and IED blasts. This vehicle has a payload capacity of 1 200 kg. In 2017 the UAE ordered 115 Ajban 440A vehicles equipped with anti-tank guided missiles.

   Ajban 450 is a 5-door station wagon. It accommodates driver plus 3 passengers. This vehicle is intended for utility and logistical roles, though it can be also used as a command vehicle.

   Ajban LR SOV is an open-top special forces vehicle intended for dessert patrols, reconnaissance and raiding. It accomodates driver and 3 passengers. There is also an extra 5th seat for emergency use. This vehicle has a payload capacity of 3 000 kg.

   Ajban ISV is an internal security vehicle.

   Hafeet is a larger 6x6 version. It is also produced by Nimr Automotive company. The Hafeet uses the same automotive components as the Ajban, but has larger internal volume and can carry more payload.

 

 
Nimr Ajban 420

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Nimr Ajban 420

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Nimr Ajban 450

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Nimr Ajban 450

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Nimr Ajban 440A

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Nimr Ajban 440A

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Nimr Ajban LR SOV

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