IDEX 2017

Rapid Intervention Vehicle debuts [IDEX17D2]

19 February 2017

NIMR Automotive, a subsidiary of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC, Stands 12-A05 and CP-219) has launched its Rapid Interventional Vehicle (RIV). The RIV is a joint development between NIMR Automotive and MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association), which specialises in delivering automotive technology to the defence sector.

During the unveiling of the RIV, NIMR’s newest vehicle, NIMR chief executive Dr Fahad Saif Harhara said: “We have listened carefully to the special operations community and incorporated their combat experience into the design and development of this light and powerful 4x4 rapid intervention vehicle. The NIMR RIV is our most modern special forces platform available.”

The RIV has seats for four people, with the version on display being in the left-hand drive configuration. It is powered by a 300hp diesel engine coupled to a fully automatic eight-speed transmission, which gives a maximum speed of 160km/h and a range of 1,000km. The gross vehicle weight is being quoted as 4,000kg, of which 1,500kg is the payload.

The example being shown at IDEX is armed with a roof-mounted .50 machine gun (MG) and two pintle-mounted 5.56mm MGs. In addition to using its small size and mobility for its survivability, the NIMR RIV is equipped with underbody blast protection and a modular appliqué armour pack for ballistic protection.

As usual there are a number of options including a battery management system, a central tyre inflation system, ride height control, run inserts and a self-recovery winch. It can be carried underslung or inside a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter, which is widely used by special forces all over the world.

The NIMR RIV is seen as complementary to the Ajban (4x4) long-range special operations vehicle (LRSOV), which was launched at IDEX two years ago and is already operational in the United Arab Emirates.

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