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Africa North
Libya takes delivery via Jordan of UAE-made armored vehicles
2013-02-25
I did not think the UAE was a heavy manufacturer. I don't know but possibly NIMR is an assembler and they get their parts from somewhere else like China. Vehicles yet to be battle-tested?
Libya has taken delivery of 49 armoured support vehicles from Jordan. Some 120 of the UAE-designed and built NIMRs, in two variants, have already been in service with the Libyan army.

The spokesman for the Libyan General Staff. Ali Shiekhi was quoted by Chinese news agency Xinhua today as saying that the new NIMRs had been supplied as a result of an agreement made last year, between the Ministry of Defence and Jordan. The new armoured vehicles are to be deployed immediately on border patrol duties.

More than 500 NIMRs have been sold, mostly in Jordan, Lebanon, Libya and the UAE, and the firm says that it has a further 1,800 orders. The composite ceramic-armoured NIMRs, which come in four and six-wheel variants and a range of configurations, are according to the manufacturers, the first such military vehicles to be designed specifically to operate in extreme desert conditions. NIMR Automotive which conceived and makes the armoured vehicle, is a part of the UAE's Tawazun conglomerate, which specialises in defence equipment. Algeria was last year seeking to establish a local plant to build and assemble NIMRs.

The NIMR company website is: NIRM vehicle line.

Protection levels for vehicles: Protection levels.
Posted by:JohnQC

#8  JohnQC is probably closest. Indigenous design, Chinese manufacture of parts (like there aren't any other heavy equipment or auto companies doing that) and assembly (I prefer 'construction'). Big deal.

Still I wouldn't rule out the UAE having the capability. The Israelis screwed up the last time they invaded Lebanon, because they "misunderstimated". They damn near lost a ship as well.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-02-25 23:08  

#7  Chinese hardware assembled by Arabs.

If your goal is to control your own population the NIMR is just the thing, and it's cheap.
Posted by: Steve White   2013-02-25 20:48  

#6  The involvement of China probably is a clue that the product may only have final assembly in the UAE.

Chinese hardware assembled by Arabs. Now that's what I call a winner.
Posted by: Zhang Fei   2013-02-25 20:39  

#5  Who cares. What country doesn't have some sort of small armored vehicle?
Posted by: chris   2013-02-25 18:47  

#4  take with some salt what the Pravda of the UAE says

The involvement of China probably is a clue that the product may only have final assembly in the UAE.
Posted by: lord garth   2013-02-25 18:16  

#3  Interesting info, thanks. Have they been real world tested yet or is this the first real go-round?
Posted by: swksvolFF   2013-02-25 17:53  

#2  Indigenous design and construction. Apparently the UAE has a thriving defense industry.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-02-25 12:56  

#1  For comparison,: Humvee description.
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-02-25 09:33  

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