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Featuring advanced blast mitigation (demonstrated for Ajban 445 Mk2 in recent landmine blast tests in the UAE) and ballistic protection, the new monocoque Ajban and Hafeet platforms ‘provide high levels of protection in the harshest of environments’, Nimr claimed in a statement.
In particular, the Mk2 variants feature improved powerpack maintenance with the time needed to remove it reduced from 10h to 20 minutes; and payload capacity is doubled from 1.2t to 2.5t.
Ajban 445 Mk2 (pictured) is also notable for its inclusion of an upgraded Galix AOS self-protection suite from Lacroix, with Pilar V real-time acoustic gunshot detector from Métravib.
Nimr also announced an agreement with Saudi Arabian Military Industries to work on producing the Jais 4x4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle in Saudi Arabia; and it is collaborating with ADASI (a fellow subsidiary of the Edge defence conglomerate) to convert the Ajban into a UGV called the Ajban Armed Robotic Vehicle (ARV) for frontline mission support.
The ARV has a payload capacity of 1,200kg and can withstand small arms fire, artillery shell splinters and blasts from mines or IEDs.
It has an endurance of 8h and is operated from a ground control station with a communication range of 12km. The Ajban ARV can travel at up to 50km/h.
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