The NIMR AJBAN440A highly mobile 4×4 protected vehicle showed its capabilities on army track in Vyskov, during a dynamic demonstration.
After several years, the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic once again interested in the possibility of acquiring new all-terrain vehicles for the Army. The project for Substitution of off-road vehicles is currently planned in the medium-term outlook as of 2021.
ACR currently operates about 700 vehicles, Land Rover and about 600 vehicles UAZ of various modifications, which are significantly beyond its planned lifetime. The considered new passenger all-terrain vehicles should gradually replace all the above mentioned types, which due to its age, construction and rising maintenance costs cease to fully comply with the current requirements.
Early NIMR Automotive and VOP CZ today signed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement for the marketing, distribution, production and after-sale support of the complete range of NIMR armoured vehicles to the Visegrad 4 countries – Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
The agreement was signed during a formal ceremony at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference held in Abu Dhabi in the presence of senior defence officials from the UAE and Czech Republic.
Dr. Fahad Saif Harhara, CEO of NIMR Automotive, said: “This partnership will greatly enhance the company’s growth opportunities in the European market, where defence spending is set to rise to support urgent requirements. This includes modernising existing military vehicle fleets to address today’s complex threat environment.”
NIMR, a subsidiary of Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), the UAE’s integrated defence manufacturing and services platform, is already a leading manufacturer of armoured vehicles in the Middle East and North Africa, with combat-proven vehicles that can perform in the harshest operational environments. These will now be winterised with VOP to maximise performance in Europe’s cold weather environments.
Commenting on the signature partnership deal, the first with a Middle East manufacturer, VOP CEO Marek Špok stated, “Thanks to this agreement VOP CZ has acquired the opportunity to offer and manufacture NIMR vehicles in eastern and central Europe. The agreement and location of our manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic will increase the potential of both companies to sell and market these vehicles. We are also jointly preparing their modification for use under local climatic conditions, including very cold regions.”
The NIMR AJBAN440A, a highly mobile 4×4 protected vehicle incorporating the latest technologies in ballistic and blast protection will be presented to representatives of the Czech Ministry of Defence and the Czech Armed Forces at the end of February during an industry day event being held in Vyškov. The intention is to showcase the joint capability to the Czech Armed Forces, particularly modern, light armoured vehicles with industry leading specifications, which can be used as a platform for chemical, reconnaissance, logistics, medical and other versions, thereby providing a common platform for multiple operational needs with a common logistic support base and lower lifecycle costs.