MBDA and NIMR Automotive LLC, a light-medium weight military vehicle manufacturer based in Abu Dhabi, UAE and part of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), an integrated national defence and services manufacturing platform, have entered into a commercial partnership to address a requirement of the Emirates Defence Forces for a high efficiency V-SHORAD air defence system.
The new HAFEET Air Defence Vehicle (HAFEET ADV) proposed by the two companies features the MBDA MPCS (Multi Purpose Combat System including a turret, sensors, IFF, Mistral missiles, command & firing posts and shelter equipment) that would be installed on NIMR’s latest HAFEET 640A all-terrain light armoured vehicle platform.
The combination of the MPCS equipped with MBDA’s latest generation Mistral missiles and of the NIMR vehicle would provide an unmatched mobile air defence capability allowing protection of convoys, armoured brigades in their manoeuvers as well as any land infrastructure or assets.
The two companies have already completed preliminary engineering studies and are in the stage of integrating the full system if ordered. Most of the HAFEET ADV components already exist and are modular.
Already in service in several forces in the world, the MPCS turret comprises a gyro-stabilized day/thermal sensor suite with integrated laser rangefinder. With four ready-to-fire, fire and forget, IR Mistral missiles, the HAFEET ADV enables the interception of a large spectrum of threats (high manoeuvering fighters, combat helicopters, UAV, UCAV, cruise missiles) at ranges exceeding 6 km and altitudes up to 5,000 m.
NIMR CEO Dr Fahad Saif Harhara stated “The HAFEET ADV concept is based on NIMR 6x6 tactical platform which combines high levels of mobility and protection to provide a multi-role platform for a broad spectrum of mission requirements”.
The MPCS system allows for low crew workload and short reaction time to provide Air Defence Forces with an outstanding high fire power against stressing attacks: a unit of six HAFEET ADVs can engage up to 24 different targets coming from any direction in less than 20 seconds with a reload capability of 48 Mistral missiles (8 additional Mistral missiles inside the HAFEET ADV shelter).
The HAFEET ADV can be operated in autonomous mode or in coordinated mode with MBDA’s latest generation of MCP (Mistral Coordination Post) equipped with 3D radar.
HAFEET ADV can be operated by a two or three man crew including a team leader and is air transportable.
Date: Feb 25, 2015