Nimr 6x6 Armoured Patrol Vehicle equipped with systems from DRS Technologies on display at IAV 2012

Abu Dhabi-based Nimr Auto­mo­tive, a sub­sidiary of Tawazun Hold­ing, is cur­rent­ly exhibit­ing at the 11th Annu­al Inter­na­tion­al Armoured Vehi­cles (IAV) con­fer­ence and exhi­bi­tion being held at FIVE, Farn­bor­ough, UK (20th to 23rd Feb 2012). The first ever UAE com­pa­ny to appear at Inter­na­tion­al Armoured Vehi­cles, Nimr devel­ops and man­u­fac­tures a wide range of inter­op­er­a­ble defence vehi­cles that fea­ture high pow­er deliv­ery, high mobil­i­ty, high ver­sa­til­i­ty and high pro­tec­tion lev­els.

Nimr 6x6 Armoured Patrol Vehi­cle
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These mul­ti-mis­sion vehi­cles are designed and man­u­fac­tured for appli­ca­tions that range from tac­ti­cal mis­sions in harsh envi­ron­ments, such as arid deserts, to mod­ern urban war­fare, deep infil­tra­tion mis­sions, recon­nais­sance, bor­der sur­veil­lance, and sup­port logis­tics. Depend­ing on the con­fig­u­ra­tion required by the cus­tomer, they can per­form a vari­ety of roles, includ­ing arma­ment or per­son­nel car­ri­er, logis­tics vehi­cle, ambu­lance, and Com­mand and Con­trol vehi­cle.

Under a Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment between Nimr and DRS Tech­nolo­gies, part of the Fin­mec­ca­ni­ca Group, DRS Tech­nolo­gies, is equip­ping Nimr vehi­cles with tac­ti­cal vehi­cle elec­tron­ics, elec­tro-optics, vehi­cle pow­er man­age­ment and tac­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions. This com­bi­na­tion of Nimr’s vehi­cle engi­neer­ing capac­i­ty and DRS Tech­nolo­gies’ sys­tems and inte­gra­tion skills can equip these vehi­cles to deliv­er world class C4ISTAR solu­tions, includ­ing bat­tle man­age­ment, close-in sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness, recon­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance, and secure vehi­cle and tac­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions. In part­ner­ship with oth­er Fin­mec­ca­ni­ca busi­ness­es, DRS can also inte­grate high­ly effec­tive elec­tron­ic coun­ter­mea­sures against the IED threat as well as a range of sta­bilised over­head weapon sys­tems capa­ble of meet­ing most of the oper­a­tional sce­nar­ios the vehi­cles are like­ly to encounter.

On dis­play at Inter­na­tion­al Armoured Vehi­cles is the Armoured Patrol Vehi­cle – 6x6 (pic­tured) fit­ted with sys­tems pro­vid­ed by DRS and its sis­ter com­pa­nies Oto Melara and Selex Elsag.

Speak­ing at the Inter­na­tion­al Armoured Vehi­cles con­fer­ence, Mr Hamad Al Neya­di, Chief Strate­gic Offi­cer of Tawazun and Chair­man of Nimr Auto­mo­tive, drew atten­tion to the vision of Nimr which is to estab­lish a glob­al­ly recog­nised and sus­tain­able defence auto­mo­tive busi­ness, con­tribut­ing to the diver­si­fi­ca­tion of the UAE econ­o­my and enhanc­ing local skills and expe­ri­ence. Full pro­duc­tion, assem­bly and qual­i­ty man­age­ment facil­i­ties are being installed at Nimr’s Abu Dhabi plant and com­pre­hen­sive life­cy­cle man­age­ment capa­bil­i­ties are already in place.

To date, over 509 Nimr vehi­cles have been deliv­ered, includ­ing both the 4x4 and 6x6 ver­sions, and an order book of 1800 plus.