Despite the conclusion of the ‘long season of war’ in the Middle East and North Africa region, hotspots of unrest and conflict, brought upon by the rise of insurgents and non-state paramilitary groups continue to rise.

These hotspots of conflict bring to bear the need for military forces to respond with superior firepower and mobility. But the current global economic slowdown and unpredictable conflict limit the functionality and capability of a conventional armored fleet.

 

Indeed, the rise of asymmetrical warfare brings about the need for new military vehicles capable of withstanding a variety of mission demands and a diverse range of operational requirements.

The modern battlefield has become the cradle and laboratory of future armored vehicle development. Its variety of challenges has introduced the world to medium and lightweight armored fleet that provides tactical mobility, superior protection for crew and mission systems, multi-role platform commonality.

Tactical mobility

The proliferation of asymmetrical threats, predominantly improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other low-tech ballistic threats, has changed the nature of the conflict. Armies responding to these threats must be able to deploy armored vehicles and troops on the ground where and when they’re needed.

A leading armored vehicle manufacturer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) acknowledges this vulnerability throughout the battlescape and has responded to this change. They are adapting to this new threat and meeting emerging demands for armored vehicles that are highly mobile and capable of operating in the most extreme environment.

New armored ground vehicles are high-output and versatile, capable of responding to the continued asymmetric nature of operations. They employ a variety of operating systems to enhance tactical mobility, feature all-terrain vehicle design and support multi-mission variants.

 

Not only do they address the current theatre, but are responsive and adaptive enough to meet the demands of future theatre.

Superior protection

The nature of modern warfare means armored vehicles must meet the highest levels of demand in regards to protection. Crew survivability is the highest priority of any military fleet and armored ground vehicles are no exception. Particularly with the continued growth of asymmetrical threats.

The inclusion of new technologies such as countermeasures, run flat inserts, central tyre inflation systems (CTIS), C4I command & control systems, and complex weapon fits all aid in enhanced survivability on the battlefield.

Battle-proven protection systems such as the ‘crew citadel’ provide physical measures of protection and superior survivability. Such crew systems protect soldiers against the increased threats of ballistic dangers. The addition of increased fightability supplement crew protection; increasing mission survivability and performance.

Platform commonality

The downturn in oil prices, potential increase in international demand, and aging fleets all contribute to a variety of new challenges that extend beyond the battlefield. The global economic slowdown has also served as a contributing factor in determining defense spending and cost allocation.

This means that armored vehicle manufacturers must develop versatile vehicle platforms that can be deployed for various mission variants and operational requirements.

Multi-role wheeled vehicles are versatile armored platforms built on modular design and purpose-built structure. Their architectural framework allows for a range of systems, current and new, to be fully integrated. This offers a reduction in fleet ownership cost without compromising tactical mobility and crew protection.

Modularity is not only restricted to its architectural structure. Modular designs also extend to a vehicle’s subsystems and electronic architecture. Commonality of parts allows vehicle platforms to reflect various mission scenarios. The ability to support multiple mission variants on an integrated platform system is beneficial in both critical mission success and reduction in maintenance costs.

Since militaries have supplanted horses with mechanized armored transports, armored vehicles have served as the backbone of any fighting fleet.

But armored vehicles have become more than just protective transport for military forces. The growing hotspots of unrest and conflict across the world, particularly in complex and urban environments means armored fleets must be adaptable to any oncoming threats, seen and unseen.

These versatile vehicles, flexible and adaptable to any terrain and battlefield environment showcases changes in the landscape of modern theatre. Not only did they provide maximum protection for the deployment of troops, but their balance of power, speed, and agility made them ideal vehicle platforms to respond to a diverse range of operational requirements.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Miles Chambers

Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager, NIMR Automotive LLC

Miles Chambers joined NIMR Automotive in October 2016 as Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager. In this capacity, Miles oversees NIMR Automotive’s expansion to Global markets, particularly into Europe and Southeast Asia. In addition to his responsibilities at NIMR Automotive, Miles is the Chairman of the Azerbaijan-South Africa Chamber of Commerce.