IDEX 2015

Hafeet eyes UAE market [IDX15D2]

24 February 2015

European missile systems house MBDA (Stand 07-A07) has teamed with Nimr Automotive of the UAE to propose the Hafeet Air Defence Vehicle (ADV) to meet a UAE Defence Forces requirement for a high-efficiency very short-range air defence (V-SHORAD) system. Hafeet ADV is based on the latest Hafeet 640A (6x6) from Nimr Automotive (Stand 05-A10 indoor, Stand CP-400 outdoor) all-terrain light armoured vehicle, on the rear of which is mounted an MBDA Multi- Purpose Combat System (MPCS). The two companies have already completed preliminary engineering studies, to be followed by full system integration once the UAE requirement has been frozen.

Already in quantity production for the export market, the MPCS features a gyro-stabilised sighting system that includes a day/thermal sight with integrated laser rangefinder.

Mounted on either side is a pod of two MBDA Mistral fire-and-forget surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) in the ready-to-launch position. An additional eight Mistral SAMs are carried in reserve on each platform.

MBDA’s Mistral SAM can engage a wide range of aerial threats, covering unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft at ranges of more than 6,000m and at an altitude of up to 5,000m.

For maximum target effect, up to six Hafeet ADVs can be networked together, allowing the engagement of up to 24 targets coming from any direction in less than 20 seconds.

The system can also be used with the latest-generation MBDA Mistral Coordination Post integrated on an all-terrain platform, which is fitted with a 3D radar system and would typically rapidly pass on target information to the firing platform best located to engage a particular target.

The Hafeet ADV can also be integrated into an overall layered air defence system.

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