The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces expect in 2018 to receive first Rabdan infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) purchased from the Al-Jasoor (a joint venture with Tawazun Holdings and Otokar), that was reported by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly.
According to the Jane’s, UAE Armed Forces is set to receive and field its first Rabdan 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) in 2018.
The Rabdan is an armored wheeled vehicle based on the Otokar Arma 8×8 and developed for the requirements of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.
According to first specifications released by the UAE Company Al Jasoor Heavy Vehicles Industries, the Rabdan has the capacity to carried a total 12 military personnel including driver and commander. It has gross vehicle weight (GVW) from 28,000 kg to 30,000 kg.
The Rabdan is motorized with a Caterpillar 12.5 liters diesel engine developing 600 hp. coupled to an Allison 4500 automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gears. The vehicle can run at a maximum speed of 105 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 700 km.