The Nimr, meaning Tiger, is a family of all-terrain military armored personnel carrier vehicles, co-developed with GAZ and produced by Nimr LLC in the United Arab Emirates.
On the battlefield, in addition to tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, the role of light armored vehicles is indispensable. They act as reconnaissance, ambulance and command vehicles. In the field of light armored vehicles, the American Humvee and the Russian Tiger are well-known rivals. However, the appearance of the Nimr armored vehicle of the United Arab Emirates may make its opponents wary.
The Nimr, meaning Tiger, is a family of all-terrain military armored personnel carrier vehicles, co-developed with GAZ and produced by Nimr LLC in the United Arab Emirates. The vehicle is designed specifically for military operations in the harsh desert climates found in the Middle East.
Mass production began in 2005. So far, more than 1,700 vehicles have been delivered to the United Arab Emirates Army. The Nimr is built as a multi-purpose vehicle, in both 4×4 and 6×6 configurations, for a wide range of battlefield requirements, including combat management, close-in situational awareness, reconnaissance and surveillance.
The vehicle has a combat weight of about 15-18 tons, depending on the configuration, a length of 6.45 m, a width of 2.58 m, and a height of 2.42 m. In a basic 6×6 configuration, the layout of the NIMR is fairly conventional, with the engine compartment at the front, the crew in the middle and the troop’s area at the rear. The vehicle is able to transport up to 10 fully equipped soldiers.
The vehicle is fully armored to provide mine and ballistic protection as per customer requirements with optional add on panel protection kit for additional protection, and is able to withstand ballistic threats as well as land mine and Improvised Explosive Device attacks by means of specially designed add-on armor and land mine protection technology.
In September 2012, Nimr Automotive has announced that it has been issued the prestigious ‘STANAG 4569 Level 3’ certification by an independent testing authority for its newest vehicle, the Nimr 6×6 Armored Personnel Carrier. The vehicle can protect the crew from small arms fire, 7.62mm rounds, hand grenades, artillery shell fragments and small anti-personnel explosive devices.