Nimr Automative will supply Nimr 6×6 and 4×4 vehicles, according to a contract signed here in the capital with the General Headquarters, or GHQ, of the UAE Armed Forces.
The GHQ said the decision to purchase Nimr vehicles emanated from its keen interest to keep abreast with the latest in global defence industries and to support national industrial capabilities. At the defence show Idex, the UAE Armed Forces had shown the intention to purchase 800 Nimr multipurpose military vehicles.
Tawazun chief executive officer Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri conveyed his gratitude to the GHQ for selecting Nimr vehicles and expressed determination to utilise all resources, capabilities, expertise and best practices to ensure timely delivery of the vehicles.
Nimr Automotive CEO Dr Fahad Saif Harhara said the contract is timed with the company’s plans to open its new state-of-the-art facilities within Tawazun Industrial Park in Abu Dhabi to meet the huge demand for Nimr-armored vehicles.
In February, the GHQ announced in a statement its intention to purchase 6×6 and 4×4 multi-variant vehicles, manufactured by Nimr Automotive, a member of Tawazun group, following successful extensive all-terrain tests for the vehicle in the UAE.
“The vehicle exceeded the GHQ’s required operational standards in terms of design, performance, mobility and others,” the statement said.
Tawazun is a strategic investment firm focused on the long-term development of the UAE’s industrial manufacturing and technology capabilities and knowledge-transfer with a specific focus on the defence sector.
Earlier in the year, the UAE’s military vehicle makers Nimr Automative had inducted two new investors into its fold allowing them a 40 per cent shareholding. Centurion Investment has 35 per cent of shares while Saeed bin Jabr Al Suwaidi’s Bin Jabr Group will own five per cent. Nimr Automative will retain majority 60 per cent of shares.
Nimr has been providing a portfolio of products to address the needs of armed forces and internal security organisations.
The military vehicle maker has signed contract orders for 1,800 vehicles for international armed forces, including the UAE GHQ and the Ministry of Interior.