Client: NIMR, United Arab Emirates
Project: Complete armoured crew compartment system with high level of protection, yet discrete appearance
Project length: 15 months
NIMR was asked by a military VIP to provide a highly-armoured vehicle, blast mitigation and ballistic performance, but that did not have a raised profile over other military vehicles in its class when considering the high level of protection this platform would employ.
Having worked with Jankel before on the supply of BLASTech mitigation seating into their JAIS 4×4 and 6×6 platforms, NIMR approached us for a specification that would deliver these exacting requirements.
We suggested a bespoke, cost-effective solution based on our experience of armouring vehicles, developing seats and designing systems integration, and were chosen to work on the project.
Adding significant armour to a vehicle chassis is a delicate balance. The weight and placement of the armour must be carefully calculated so that it not only offers the highest protection, but does not adversely affect the mobility or operational safety of the vehicle. To achieve this on a light military chassis makes it a significant challenge to solve.
In order to design the armoured protection, we needed to understand the constraints of the chosen chassis and consider the best materials to use and how to use them. We certainly needed to innovate how to reduce the armour material profile to make the product blend in with those around it. Finally we needed to consider the internal trim and system requirements, so that the vehicle met the exacting VIP Customer needs in full – a huge challenge on its own that required a company with the right level of trim experience.