IDEX 2015

Revealing an Enigma [IDX15D1]

23 February 2015

Yesterday, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Emirates Defense Technology (Stand 11-B28) unveiled its Enigma Armoured Modular Fighting Vehicle (AMFV).

The Enigma AMFV is understood to be a potential contender for the United Arab Emirates’ requirement for a large fleet of 8x8 armoured vehicles. The first example of Enigma was completed shortly before IDEX opened and will commence its mobility trials immediately after the show. This will soon be followed by further vehicles for additional trials and demonstration purposes.

With a typical combat weight of about 28 tonnes, Enigma is powered by a Caterpillar C13 diesel developing 711hp, coupled to a Caterpillar automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case. The Timoney Technology suspension provides a high level of cross-country mobility and is mounted on three sub-frames for ease of replacement of damaged units in the event of mine or improvised explosive device damage.

Steering is power-assisted and a central tyre-inflation system is fitted as standard.

On display at IDEX is a fully amphibious version, driven in the water by two propellers mounted at the rear. The hull is of all-welded armour with appliqué armour for a higher level of ballistic protection. The lower part of the hull is V-shaped.

A key design feature of Enigma is the modular roof design, which allows it to be fitted with a wide range of weapons. The example at the show is fitted with the complete turret of the Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, which is used in large numbers by the UAE.

Main armament consists of a 100mm rifled gun fed by an automatic loader, with a co-axial 30mm dual-feed cannon and 7.62mm machine gun.

Standard equipment includes an air-conditioning system, battle management system, cameras for situational awareness, electronic architecture and electrically operated grenade launchers.

Another potential application for the Enigma AMFV is a highly mobile artillery system, of which a scale model is being shown for the first time at IDEX 2015. Mounted on the rear of the hull is the combat-proven BAE Systems 155mm/39 calibre M777 lightweight howitzer. When travelling, this is carried in the horizontal position and, when required for action, fires over the rear.

Other weapon options include the Rheinmetall Air Defence Sky-ranger 35mm air defence turret and the Russian UralVagonZavod AU220M 57mm remote turret.

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