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Elta's Zibar vehicle attracts interest in Dubai

The IAI-Elta Zibar. (Israel Aerospace Industries)

The Zibar tactical utility vehicle made by Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI's) Elta division attracted attention from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the Dubai Airshow held earlier in November, Elta CEO Yoav Turgerman told Janes .

Designed for off-road performance, the Zibar is part of the Z family that Elta has developed to become the new standard 4×4 for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

“The working conditions of the UAE Armed Forces are very similar to those that the IDF operate in,” Turgerman said. “Hence it attracted attention. The complementary capabilities interested them as well.”

“What makes it unique is its all-conditions manoeuvrability. It can climb cliffs and the structure is simple, making it highly reliable,” he added. “The vehicle weighs a little more than 2.5 tonnes and it can carry 2.5 tonnes. This gives it added flexibility when it comes to adding armour.”

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