• Monday 6 November 2017

    A Closer Look at Middle East’s Armored Vehicle Developments

    In recent years, dynamic changes have occurred in armored vehicle developments. Military forces responding to the evolving nature of asymmetric warfare have developed revolutionary armored ground vehicles capable of performing in the most demanding environments.

    The evolving industrial trends in the Gulf Arab States have required military forces to create armored vehicles with greater crossover capabilities. This has resulted in the adoption of cutting-edge military technologies for new, streamlined development structures.

    Whether it's the next-generation mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) family class of vehicles or specialized military vehicles for high-level officials, Middle Eastern armored vehicle manufacturers are taking a mixed-fleet approach that delivers vehicles ready to meet a diverse range of operational requirements.

    Mobile protected firepower

    Vehicles like the MRAP and the armored multi-purpose vehicle (AMPV) fulfills the current demand for new military vehicles capable of delivering protection, reliability, and tactical mobility. With safety and crew survivability as a top priority for any deployed military fleet, vehicles such as these must meet tough protection requirements.

    One of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leading armored vehicle manufacturers, has created a “crew citadel” protection system that integrates tactical mobility with increased ballistic protection. This battle-proven, high degree of protection, has become a standard in today’s military theatre.

    Enhanced crew survivability is a necessity in both conventional and asymmetric operations throughout the modern battlefield. The prolific use of low tech armaments such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) has driven the demand for a balance between firepower, survivability, and mobility.

    Today’s ground fleets are more nimble, capable of deploying faster against adversarial threats. The modernization of Gulf Arab military forces is meeting the military challenges of the 21st century by leveraging new armored and artillery systems.

    These include roof-mounted self-defense weapons, remote weapon systems, and integrated command and control mission systems that ensure battlefield dominance.

    Upgraded legacy systems

    Today’s armored ground forces feature a multi-faceted approach that is responsive to the harshest operating conditions and environments. This mixed fleet approach allows military forces to adapt to a variety of mission requirements.

    The modular nature of today’s armored military vehicles creates integrated solutions for varying operational roles. Their architectural design creates a platform that reduces overall life-cycle costs while ensuring common logistic support.

    These classes of vehicles can meet the most demanding military requirements. Integration in vehicle electronic architecture further the capabilities of modular military vehicles. As does improved engine and drivetrain systems. Such platform versatility allows a variety of systems to be mounted.

    From complex weapon fits to C4I and ISTAR capabilities, modular integration improves the range of ground fleets to perform in any required scenario. The adoption of modular architectural design within a single fleet creates vehicle variants that provide greater commonality across multiple platforms.

    The future of automotive combat systems

    From futuristic weapon load-outs to enhanced defensive capabilities, the future of automotive combat systems looks towards the immutable nature of technological warfare.

    Future large-scale conflicts are becoming cautiously diminished. Instead, military forces must be adaptable to fundamental changes in land warfare. Ground combat will require armored vehicles capable of negotiating urban areas and traversing poor ground conditions. On- and off-road performance will soon become the standard for any armored vehicle fleet.

    So will the continued usage of asymmetrical electronic warfare.

    Revolutionary new technologies such as radio-frequency (RF) jammers robs adversarial insurgents from utilizing the electromagnetic spectrum as a tool for electronic warfare. Ground vehicles equipped with RF jammers diminish the capabilities of inbound ballistic threats such as remote-controlled bombs and IEDs.

    Artificial intelligence is also driving fundamental changes in how the military convoys operate within modern battlefields. The deployment of AI technology gives armored vehicles operational flexibility and battlefield dominance. The integration of AI and other prototype electronic systems in armored fleet enhances vehicle situational awareness, platform protection, and cognitive computer support.

    The modern battlefield is an ever-evolving theatre of conventional and asymmetric threats. The profound shifts in armored vehicle technology have been developed to meet the threat of unconventional adversaries. The strategic and economic capabilities of Middle Eastern military forces ensure they are at the leading edge of advanced ground warfare.


    Miles Chambers

    Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager, NIMR Automotive LLC

    Miles Chambers joined NIMR Automotive in October 2016 as Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager. In this capacity, Miles oversees NIMR Automotive’s expansion to Global markets, particularly into Europe and Southeast Asia. In addition to his responsibilities at NIMR Automotive, Miles is the Chairman of the Azerbaijan-South Africa Chamber of Commerce.

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