The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) (Hall 5) is showing its latest Al-Mared (8x8) armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration. For a high level of cross-country mobility, the Al- Mared is based on a Tatra chassis, to which is fitted an all-welded steel body, claimed to provide ballistic protection up to STANAG 4569 Level 4, but with growth potential to Level 5.
The lower part of the hull is of the traditional V-type to protect against mines and improvised explosive devices.
One of the Al-Mareds being shown at SOFEX is fitted with the KADDB Snake Head cupola, which is typically armed with a 12.7mm M2 HB machine gun, with bullet/splinter-proof windows providing a high level of situational awareness.
The power pack is mounted towards the front on the right side and consists of a 420hp diesel coupled to a six-speed fully automatic transmission, giving a maximum road speed of 110 km/h. Gross vehicle weight depends on the weapon fit, but is typically around 25 tonnes, including the crew, weapon station, fuel and other onboard equipment.
In addition to the commander and driver, the Al-Mared carries eight dismounts who can rapidly enter and leave the vehicle via the large power-operated ramp in the rear of the hull. For a higher level of crew survivability, the dismounts are seated on blast-attenuating seats in the rear troop compartment, facing inwards.
The Al-Mared is the largest wheeled AFV to be developed by KADDB and complements its Al- Wahsh (4x4), which is already in production and service in Jordan.
Al-Wahsh is also based on a Tatra platform and, in addition to being used as an APC, has been developed for other roles, such as a weapons carrier with anti-tank guided missiles and a 105mm artillery system.