Land Platforms

Sudan reveals new Khatim variants

07 March 2017

Sudan's Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has developed two further versions of the Khatim armoured personnel carrier (APC) - the Khatim-3 and Khatim-4.

Khatim-3 (DCA05) is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) and is essentially the standard Khatim APC with the roof modified to accept the Russian-designed twin 23 mm ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun (AAG), which is normally trailer-mounted. It is, however, possible that Khatim-3 could accommodate the Chinese 23 mm Type 80, which is the ZU-23-2 with some local modifications.

The weapon's mount has manual traverse through a full 360° with weapon elevation also manual from -5° to 78°. MIC quotes a maximum effective range of up to 2,500 m in the air-defence role. The weapon has been widely used in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East in the ground/ground role where it has proved to be highly effective.

The Khatim-4 missile-launching platform with the Sarib ATGW in the raised position and 12.7 mm MG mounted to the front. (Christopher F Foss)The Khatim-4 missile-launching platform with the Sarib ATGW in the raised position and 12.7 mm MG mounted to the front. (Christopher F Foss)

MIC quotes a total cyclic rate of fire of between 800 and 1,000 rds/min. Each of the 23 mm barrels is provided with a ready-use magazine containing 50 rounds of ammunition.

The original towed ZU-23-2 AAG does not provide any armour protection for the crew but the Khatim-3 SPAAG features side and rear protection. Top attack protection cannot be provided for the gun crew due to the high elevation of the twin 23 mm weapons.

Khatim-4 (DCA06) is configured as an anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) carrier. The vehicle has a raised roofline to the rear of the driver's position (left) and the diesel engine compartment (right) to provide greater internal volume for its specialised mission.

Mounted in the rear is a launcher for the Sarib ATGW, which can be traversed through a full 360° and with the ability to elevate the weapon from -6° to 7°. When not required this can be retracted into the hull under power control and the roof hatches closed.

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