Land Platforms

SOFEX 2018: KADDB showcases Al-Washaq IV APC

10 May 2018
The Al-Washaq IV in baseline armoured personnel carrier configuration and fitted with roof-mounted 5.56 mm machine gun with a shield. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) has unveiled the latest version of its Al-Washaq armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the SOFEX 2018 exhibition in Amman, Jordan.

The vehicle, designated the Al-Washaq IV, is based on the Japanese Toyota Hilux 4×4 chassis fitted with a new all-welded steel body that provides the crew with protection to level B6 standard against 7.62 mm calibre rounds.

It adopts a conventional layout with the protected engine compartment in front, followed by the driver and commander’s cabin and a four-person troop compartment in the rear. Five bullet/splinter-proof vision blocks and associated firing ports are provided in either side of the rear troop compartment and rear door.

The driver and commander are provided with bullet/splinter-resistant windows and these are normally covered by wire-mesh protection.

A variety of weapons can be mounted on the roof with the example shown at SOFEX 2018 fitted with a shielded 5.56 mm light machine gun (MG), but other weapons or a remote weapon station (RWS) could also be fitted.

The original Al-Washaq vehicle has gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 3,000 kg but the Al-Washaq IV has a GVW of 4,000 kg and is powered by a diesel engine developing 147hp coupled to a manual six-speed transmission, which provides a maximum road speed of up to 100 km/h and range of up to 600 km.

Its front suspension is of the double wishbone type and fitted with an anti-roll bar while the rear suspension comprises leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers.

In addition to the baseline APC there is also a pick-up version with a fully protected two-door cab and a read payload bay that can also be used as a weapons platform.

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