Jordan is currently testing its first 8x8 armored fighting vehicle (AFV), Almared.
The Jordan's King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) is testing Almared. The AFV is based on a Tatra 8x8 high-mobility cross-country chassis and features an all-welded steel armoured body that is claimed to provide ballistic protection of up to STANAG 4569 Level 4, but with an upgrade can achieve Level 5, IHS Janes reported Tuesday.
The lower half has a traditional V-shape to provide a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IED).
Almared is in the armored personnel carrier configuration. The layout is conventional with diesel power-pack at the front right and the driver front on the left. The vehicle can carry eight dismounts in addition to commander and driver.
Dismounts are seated in the rear, which has a power-operated ramp in the back of the hull. In either side of the rear troop compartment are four oblong vision blocks with integrated firing ports.
Over the roof of the troop compartment are two hatches either side that can be locked in the vertical position.
Located on either side and above the second, third and fourth road wheel stations are stowage lockers which would be blown away in the event of the vehicle running over a mine or IED.
The commander is provided with a cupola with periscopes but the vehicle could be fitted with a remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a .50 calibre M2 HB machine gun (MG) or the locally developed Snake Head cupola armed with a similar weapon.
Almared is powered by a 420 hp diesel engine coupled to a fully automatic six-speed transmission which is stated to give a maximum road speed of up to 110 km/h. It has independent suspension at each wheel station and a claimed high level of cross-country mobility.
UK has plans to deploy military trainers in Jordan for helping the Middle Eastern country in its fight against IS militants in Iraq and Syria. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to announce about the move during a visit to the Jordanian capital of Amman on Monday,
Germanys Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen handed over ‘Marder armored vehicles to Jordan during a ceremony in Amman on Sunday. Jordan will further receive additional 34 vehicles before the end of next year, Deutsche Welle German Radio reported December 11
Netherlands has delayed the delivery of 15 additional Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16AMs to Jordan after request for specific hardware and software updates. The jets were supposed to make their way to Jordan this year, but that has been postponed
Lockheed Martin has been awarded $41 million contract to procure, deliver, and install Gap Filler Radar to Jordan. Contractor will provide two long range radars, and three upgrades to existing long range radars, and integrate new and upgraded radar into the overall command, control and communications system, the US department of defense said in a statement Friday
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $39.5 million contract for production and sustainment of two F-16 air combat training centers to Jordan
The German government has contracted with Rheinmetall to upgrade a further 25 Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for delivery to the Kingdom of Jordan under a German military assistance programme. Delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2018
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