Algeria, UAE to jointly manufacture armoured vehicles

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Nimr Automotive has a track record of sales to UAE’s armed forces. Photo – Nimr Automotive

Algeria and the United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday they will jointly produce NIMR armoured vehicles in the North African country. The agreement, signed on 19 July between the Algerian Ministry of Defence’s Mechanical Industry Promotion Group and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Tawazun Holdings, said the NIMR-Algerie Joint Stock Company will be established in Khenchela in the northeast of the country, Algerian Press Service reported.

Rachid Chouaki, the director of Military Industries at the Algerian Defence Ministry, said that the Algerian-Emirati partnership is based on “principle of trust linking the two brotherly countries.” Around 400-500 jobs will be created by the joint-establishment of the plant, he added.

Abu Dhabi-based Tawazun owns NIMR Automotive. The company produces a family of interoperable 4×4 and 6×6 armoured vehicles with a common chassis and can be configured for various missions, including reconnaissance, border surveillance, logistics, urban warfare, ambulance, command and control. It can also be used as an armoured personnel carrier.

The 4×4 model can have a single or double cab and a weapons platform or personnel carrier hull. The 6×6 version comes in short, medium or long wheelbase iterations. The 13.5 tonne 6×6 model can carry up to five tonnes.

Saeed Al Mansouri, CEO of Tawazun subsidiary Burkan, said in a statement last month that the NIMR is completely designed and manufactured in the UAE, apart from the engine and gearbox.

Hamad Al Neyadi, Chief Strategic Officer of Tawazun and Chairman of Nimr Automotive, said he wants to establish a globally recognised defence automotive business and increase its workforce by 4-500 employees each year (from 3,000 at present).

More than 500 NIMR vehicles have been delivered to customers including Libya, Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, while more than 1,800 are on order. The United Arab Emirates armed forces signed a contract for 200 vehicles in March.

The United Arab Emirates armed forces announced on last week it has awarded a contract to Oshkosh Corporation to provide 750 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs).

The Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based company is scheduled to deliver M-ATVs to the UAE between January and August 2013, pending standard regulatory requirements.

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