Friday, February 19, 2010

Saudi's Military Industries Corporation

Development The Saudi Arabian company of Abdallah Al-Faris & Company for Heavy Industries (one of the Military Industries Corporation companies), has been developing a 6 × 6 armoured fighting vehicle, suitable for a wide range of operational roles on the battlefield, since 1977.

The first vehicle, an armoured personnel carrier, was completed in 1981, while the second, which incorporated many improvements as a result of trials with the prototype, was completed in 1988 (Jane's Armour and Artillery 1989-90, page 776). This was fitted with a Cockerill LCTS two-man turret armed with a Cockerill 90 mm Mk 7 gun and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun. Early in 1990 the manufacturer stated that development and trials were complete prior to the preseries production of the 6 × 6 armoured vehicle under the `Dera Al Jazirah' (Peninsular Shield) Program of the Military Industries Corporation.

The second and last prototype was subsequently named `El Labwa' after the lioness which is known for protecting its cubs and hunting for them. By early 1990 20 preseries units of different specifications and capabilities were said to be in production in Saudi Arabia. There has been no recent information concerning this vehicle and no known sales.

Description The hull of the vehicle is of all-welded steel armour construction that provides protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. The driver is seated at the front left with the vehicle commander to his right and to their front is a large one-piece bulletproof windscreen. Both have a bulletproof side window. In a combat area these are covered by hydraulically operated window flaps hinged at the top. When the window flaps are lowered forward observation for the commander and driver is via roof-mounted periscopes.

The driver is also provided with a circular roof hatch above his position. In each side of the vehicle is an entry door that opens to the front and this is fitted with a firing port with an observation device above. The troop compartment is located in the centre of the vehicle with the engine compartment located at the rear on the right side with access grilles in the roof.

The troops can also leave the vehicle via a passage to the rear on the left side. An entry door is provided at the left rear and this is hinged at the bottom and folds down like a ramp. The engine, transmission, cooling system and driveshafts are made in one unit to permit field stripping with the least effort in an emergency such as a power pack exchange. The independent wheel suspension with hydropneumatic spring system provides a total wheel travel of 550 mm.



1 comment:

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