Global unrest and hotspots of conflict continue to escalate in pockets around the world. This is particularly true in regions such as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Conflicts such as these are unpredictable and are often asymmetrical in nature.
In response to such threats, global conflict has seen the rise and demand for adaptive armored vehicle fleets.
But as global unrest continues to blur the lines of the battlefield, these armored fleets must be versatile and flexible in use, able to deploy military might and capability at a moment’s notice. The ability to deploy “troops on the ground” where and when they’re needed ensures armies across the globe are able to continue responding to such threats.
In the latest Armored Vehicles Market Report published by Defence IQ, crew survivability continues to be the highest priority of any fighting fleet. And with the rise of asymmetrical threats, this survivability extends far beyond the frontlines of today’s battlefield.
Increased protection and survivability also extend to the needs discerning customers; particularly dignitaries and VIPs.
As the U.S. military’s top-tier ally, the UAE has been instrumental in designing armored vehicles that are capable of securing the movements of such discerning clientele. In fact, the leading military armored vehicle manufacturer in the MENA region has successfully deployed the AJBAN VIP.
The armored military vehicle that is indistinguishable from the rest of an armored fleet, yet customizable enough to meet the highest standards in crew high-end commercial comfort.
As the UAE appears poised to extend its reach and influence throughout the Middle East, such vehicles are instrumental in ensuring the survivability of VIPs.
Here, we look at three distinct defence capabilities of the AJBAN VIP. Examining how such defence capabilities improve survivability in response to new threats.
1. Blast and Ballistic Protection
A 4×4 light armored vehicle, the AJBAN VIP has been designed to operate in the harshest conditions while affording its crew unparalleled comfort and security. Designed with discreet blast and ballistic protection, the AJBAN VIP is developed with innovative and cutting-edge military class protection.
The defence capabilities of the AJBAN VIP has seen it rise in popularity, gaining prominence locally in the MENA region and globally.
The AJBAN vehicle series made its European debut in early 2017 in partnership with European defence manufacturer VOP CZ. Presented at the 14th International Defence and Security Fair (IDET), the AJBAN series saw interest from countries throughout central and eastern Europe looking to modernize their defence programs.
Its ability to secure VIP movement throughout hostile environments coupled with its combat-proven technology makes it’s a compelling offering for NATO member countries.
Other protection features of the AJBAN VIP includes engine ballistic protection, self-sealing protected fuel tank, a winterization kit, and integrated camera-based situational awareness. Such features address the needs of NATO member countries looking for sustainable military grade fleet solutions.
2. Highly Configurable Design
As a member of the AJBAN vehicle series, the AJBAN VIP is a highly modular and configurable armored vehicle. This makes it unrivaled in its ability to adapt to numerous mission requirements and through-life cycle costs.
Such modular design ensures the AJBAN VIP provides localized production and in-situ support wherever it’s required.
At the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2017, the AJBAN series was out in full force, showcasing it’s highly configurable modular design:
- The AJBAN 440A was configured with a small turret mounted with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun.
- The AJBAN 420 was unveiled with its mobile command post platform.
The AJBAN VIP can also be incorporated with wide range of defence options. This includes integrating fire-suppression systems or overpressure systems for biological and chemical protection.
3. Tactical Mobility
As physical measures do not ensure survivability alone, the AJBAN VIP is also developed with a range of other characteristics to improve its survivability against asymmetrical threats:
- An electrical power management system
- Central tyre inflation system (CTIS)
- Run flat inserts
- C4I command & control
These are just a few of the characteristics that ensure tactical mobility, delivering critical tactical advantage on the modern battlefield and beyond.
This means that the AJBAN VIP can be deployed even in the most demanding terrain while still seamlessly integrating with convoy movements. Its ability to seamlessly integrate with convoy moments and capabilities of achieving the highest levels of mobility makes this light armored vehicle the ultimate armored platform for any dignitary or VIP.
The AJBAN series’ reputation for versatility, ruggedness, and performance, increases its demand across military industries and within the global marketplace.
Indeed, at IDEX 2017, the AJBAN series received its first international contract, receiving an order to supply Turkmenistan with military vehicles. Other opportunities across the global market are being identified to provide broad strategic and security measures.
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.