International Marathon United Technology Group is presenting its latest ST-500 and ST-100 4x4 armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) at IDEX for the first time and both are shown on the Arab Organisation for Industralisation Stand 09-B20.
Production of these is undertaken at the Egyptian Tank Plant (ETP), which has extensive experience in the manufacture of AFVs, including the M1A1 Abrams main battle tank and the M88A2 armoured recovery vehicle.
The smaller ST-500 Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV, pictured) has a crew of two consisting of commander and driver, plus three dismounts. It has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 10.2 tonnes, of which 2.5 tonnes is payload comprising crew, weapons, ammunition and additional armour.
The larger ST-100 is being described as a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) type vehicle and has a GVW of 18 tonnes, of which 3.5 tonnes is the payload, which includes the weapon system, ammunition, onboard equipment and the armour package. In addition to the driver and commander, the ST-100 has eight dismounts.
Both AFVs have an all-welded steel hull, with the lower part being the traditional V-shape to provide a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The protected powerpack at the front consists of a diesel engine coupled to an automatic transmission and a transfer case.
There is an increasing trend in the region towards local production of wheeled AFVs rather than relying on imported vehicles. This not only helps with technology transfer but also boosts local employment, but the manufacturer can potentially offer these on the export market and generate foreign exchange. Key subsystems such as the engine, transmission, driveline and suspension would continue to be imported, as it does not make economic sense to undertake local production of these items.