IDEX 2017: NIMR offers more firepower for JAIS 6×6


NIMR Automotive’s N35 (6×6) mine-protected multipurpose vehicle and its 4×4 counterpart have been re-designated as the JAIS, with the 6×6 variant offered with increased firepower.

At IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi the JAIS 6×6 was shown fitted with the EVPU Turra 30 remote-controlled turret (RCT).

This weapon system has already been qualified and tested on a number of tracked armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), including the Sakal infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), which was developed to meet the potential requirements of the Slovakian military.

The RCT is currently armed with the widely deployed 30 mm 2A42 dual-feed cannon, and a 7.62 mm or potentially a 12.7 mm co-axial machine gun (MG) mounted above.

NIMR Automotive JAIS (6x6) mine-protected multipurpose fighting vehicle fitted with the EVPU Turra 30 RCT armed with a 30 mm 2A42 dual-feed cannon and 7.62 mm machine gun mounted above. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)NIMR Automotive JAIS (6×6) mine-protected multipurpose fighting vehicle fitted with the EVPU Turra 30 RCT armed with a 30 mm 2A42 dual-feed cannon and 7.62 mm machine gun mounted above. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

It is, however, possible to fit a Western calibre cannon to the turret, but the 30 mm 2A42 was selected because it and its associated suite of ammunition is available in Slovakia.

The JAIS family of vehicles was developed by the now Denel Vehicle Systems of South Africa and was originally known as the RG35 family but the design, development, and production rights were subsequently purchased by NIMR Automotive of the United Arab Emirates.

The first production vehicles in the 4×4 configuration were delivered from the South African production line last year and have already been deployed on operations with UAE armed forces in Yemen; production will continue in South Africa for several months to come.

The JAIS 6×6 can be fitted with a variety of protected weapon stations or remote weapon stations armed with 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm or .50 MGs, or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.

The turret is of all-welded steel and fitted with an applique armour package, it has an all-electric traverse through 360° with weapon elevation from -10 to 75°.

Mounted on the left side are two 9M113 Konkurs anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs), which could, in theory, be replaced by other ATGWs according to the end user’s requirements.

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