The Jordanian King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB, Stand 01-B08) is displaying its latest Al-Wahsh (4x4) armoured fighting vehicle in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration. This is now in quantity production and is based on a Tatra (4x4) platform fitted with independent suspension, which gives a high level of cross-country mobility and a good ride for the crew.
The front-mounted protected powerpack consists of a 370hp diesel coupled to an automatic transmission, which gives the Al‑Wahsh a maximum road speed of 110km/h and a cruising range of about 600km.
The vehicle on display here at IDEX is fitted with the locally developed Snake Head one-person cupola, which can be fitted with various weapons, including twin .50 M2 machine guns.
In addition to the basic APC, there are a number of more specialised versions, including an internal security vehicle, command and control vehicle with extensive communications equipment, and a self-propelled artillery system. The latter has a flatbed to the rear of the protected cab, on which is installed a 105mm artillery system.
The sides and rear of the rear platform can be rapidly folded down into the horizontal position to provide a working area for the gun crew, with the weapon firing over the rear arc. The main advantage of the self-propelled artillery system, when compared with conventional towed guns, is that it has a lower crew requirement and can be more rapidly brought into and taken out of action and is, therefore, more survivable against counter-battery fire.
KADDB has confirmed that trials with the Al-Mared (8x8), also based on a Tatra cross-country chassis, are continuing. Because this vehicle has more volume and payload, it can undertake a wider range of battlefield missions.