Jordan's KADDB rolls out heavy APC

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    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

    Oct 10, 2015
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    The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) unveiled the latest version of its heavy armoured personnel carrier (APC), the Al-Dawsar, at SOFEX 2016 in Jordan.

    Al-Dawsar is based on a surplus Tariq main battle tank (MBT) hull that is essentially an upgraded British Centurion MBT. Some 293 Tariq MBTs were built but they have now been phased out of Jordanian Army frontline service and are available for conversion.

    Previous versions of the KADDB heavy APC had a much-modified Tariq hull with a raised roofline and this is retained in the latest Al-Dawsar. One version had a widened hull that had a crew access ramp in the rear and hull front; this was known as the Modular Armored Platform II (MAP II).

    The Al-Dawsar retains the standard Tariq hull but has a raised superstructure. Its US L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems AVDS 1790 V-12 diesel engine develops 750 hp and is coupled to an Allison CD 850-6A automatic transmission at the rear.

    The hydropneumatic suspension of Tariq is retained, providing an improved cross-country ride over the original Centurion suspension.

    The raised crew and troop compartment is at the front of the hull. In addition to the commander/gunner, it can carry seven dismounts seated individually facing inwards. However, alternative seating arrangements could increase this to up to 10 dismounts. The area to the rear is used to stow equipment such as ammunition.

    In addition to the four hatches (three left and one right) in the roof is a hydraulically operated opening in the front left side of the hull. The top part opens upwards and the lower part opens downwards to form a ramp.

    The driver's position is at the front right and has the same yoke-type steering controls as those fitted to the upgraded Tariq, rather than the original tillers/sticks of the Centurion, plus a single-piece hatch and periscopes for observation over the frontal arc.

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