Land Platforms

KADDB rolls out new AFVs

07 June 2018
KADDB 8×8 Al-Mared AFV fitted with a two-person turret armed with a 30 mm cannon, 7.62 mm co-axial and 12.7 mm roof mounted machine guns. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) has developed two new wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs).

These are the 8×8 Al-Mared and the 6×6 Al-Faris, with both unveiled in the armoured personnel carriers (APCs) although the vehicles are designed to be readily configurable to take on other roles such as ambulance and command post.

The Al-Mared can be equipped with the locally developed Snake Head Cupola which can accommodate a wide range of weapons including 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm, and 12.7 mm machine guns (MG). It can also mount a turret armed with a 30 mm dual feed cannon, co-axial 7.62 mm MG, a roof-mounted 12.7 mm MG, as well as banks of 76 mm electrically operated grenade launchers.

The turret appears to be a heavily modified example from an Alvis Scimitar which were supplied to Jordan many years ago by Iraq, and were originally armed with a 30 mm RARDEN cannon and co-axial 7.62 mm MG.

The Al-Mared is based on a 8×8 Tatra chassis which is known for its high level of cross-country mobility and widely used by other developers.

The chassis is fitted an all welded steel body which is claimed to provide ballistic protection up to STANAG 4569 Level 3 but with growth potential to Level 4.

The lower part of the hull is V-shaped to increase resistance against mines and improvised explosive devices (IED).

The powerpack of the Al-Mared is mounted towards the front on the right side and comprises a 420 hp diesel coupled to a six-speed fully automatic transmission and enables the vehicle to achieve a maximum road speed of up to 110 km/h.

Gross vehicle weight (GVW) depends on the equipment loadout but is understood to be typically around 25 tonnes.

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