SOFEX 2016

Pride of lions [SOFEX16D3]

12 May 2016

The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) (outside Hall 5) has unveiled the latest version of its heavy armoured personnel carrier (APC).

Given the name Al-Dawsar, meaning a lion, the new vehicle is based on the hull of a surplus Tariq main battle tank, which has now been phased out of service with the Jordanian Army.

This latest version retains the standard Tariq hull, but with a raised superstructure at the front and the power pack at the rear. The latter consists of the new L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems AVDS 1790 V12 diesel developing 750hp, coupled to an Allison CD 850-6A automatic transmission at the rear.

The hydropneumatic suspension of the Tariq is retained and this provides a much better cross-country ride than the original Centurion suspension.

The raised crew and troop compartment is at the front of the hull and, in addition to the driver and commander/gunner, can carry seven dismounts, which are seated on individual seats facing inwards.

As well as the four roof hatches, the dismounts can rapidly enter and leave via a new power-operated opening in the front left side of the hull. The top part opens upwards and the lower part opens downwards to form a ramp.

The driver’s position is at the front right and he has the same yoke-type steering controls as fitted to the upgraded Tariq, rather than the original tillers of the Centurion.

The first example of Al-Dawsar being shown here is fitted with a pintle-mounted .50 M2 HB machine gun at the commander’s station, but a wide range of other weapons could be installed.

The baseline all-welded steel hull has been retained, but it is fitted with an appliqué armour package over the frontal arc to give a higher level of ballistic protection.

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