Rabdan 6×6 amphibious armoured fighting vehicle is a variant of the Rabdan infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). It is being offered by armoured vehicle maker Al Jasoor, a joint venture between UAE’s Edge and Turkish vehicle manufacturer Otokar Land Systems.
The Rabdan 6×6 variant was launched at the IDEX 2021 International Defence Exhibition & Conference held in UAE, in February 2021. The new generation vehicle offers high commonality and interchangeability with the Rabdan 8×8 IFV, which entered service with the UAE armed forces in April 2021.
Rabdan 6×6 infantry fighting vehicle is designed to offer improved amphibious capability and superior mobility in extreme off-road conditions. The vehicle is suitable for different mission profiles of modern armies.
Rabdan 6×6 vehicle specifications and features
With a gross vehicle weight of 22,500kg, the Rabdan 6×6 armoured fighting vehicle can carry up to 10 crew members including a driver and a commander. The vehicle measures 7m long and 2.9m wide. It has a ground clearance of 420m while its height above the hull is 2.46m.
The crew cabin is positioned next to the engine room with adjustable seats for driver and commander. The vehicle features roof hatches, gun ports and vision blocks, air-conditioned system, floating floor, and towing eye.
The infantry fighting vehicle is equipped with a self-recovery winch to help pull the vehicle in the even of breakdown. A ramp door with emergency exit at the rear enables quick egress in case of emergency.
The modular design of the Rabdan 6×6 infantry fighting vehicle allows for the integration of remote control weapon stations mounted with 7.62mm, 12.7mm and 14.5mm remote-controlled machine guns, and 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
The vehicle can also be integrated with medium calibre weapon systems including 20mm, 25mm, 30mm cannon as well as high calibre weapon systems including 90mm cannon. Other armament options include mortar systems, anti-tank missiles and air defence missile systems.
Protection features of Rabdan 6×6
Fitted with modular add-on armour system, the vehicle offers flexible ballistic protection for its occupants. The IFV also offers enhanced ballistic protection against kinetic energy (KE) projectiles and fragments, 360° protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at short distance, superior mine protection under wheels and belly, as well as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protection.
Additionally, the automatic fire suppression system is installed in the vehicle to extinguish and control fires. The vehicle also features five-point seat belt harness to provide additional protection for the crew and troops.
Observation and fire control
The Rabdan 6×6 armoured fighting vehicle incorporates an integrated display and vision enhancement system for the driver. The vehicle electronics include blackout lighting system, fog lights, logging and replay system for displaying video and vehicle data, jump start socket, as well as command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems.
The vehicle’s optional features include GPS/INS navigation system and radio/intercom system.
The armoured fighting vehicle is powered by a 450hp turbocharged diesel engine, coupled to an automatic transmission. It is equipped with fully independent suspension with helical spring and telescopic type shock absorber.
The Rabdan 6×6 vehicle uses locked differentials with geared wheel hubs. It is equipped with a dual-circuit braking system that includes pneumatic service brakes with discs on each wheel. It also features anti-lock braking system (ABS), pneumatic independent park brake system, 14.00 R20 tires with run-flat system, and power assisted steering with steerable first and second axles.
The vehicle is installed with 24V electrical system with 12V, 120Ah maintenance-free batteries, and 28V alternator.
Mobility of Rabdan 6×6 armoured vehicle
The Rabdan 6×6 armoured fighting vehicle offers a maximum road speed of 105km/h and can reach a swimming speed of 8km/h. It has an operating range of 700km.
The gradeability of the vehicle is 60%, while its side slope capability is 30%. The armoured vehicle can climb vertical obstacles of 600mm. It can cross trenches of 1,150mm and ford a maximum depth of 1,500mm. The approach and departure angles of the vehicle are 42° each.