EDGE entity AL JASOOR, the UAE’s armoured vehicle specialist, unveiled a new variant of its Rabdan 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) – the Rabdan ambulance – on the first day of the World Defense Show held in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new configuration is uniquely designed to provide off-road mobility and mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP)-level protection to military medics on ambulatory missions in high-threat environments. The Rabdan 8×8 ambulance provides urgent evacuation capabilities while shielding patients and medics with optimal protection against enemy fire, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and other battlefield threats.
Dr. Jasem Al Zaabi, Acting CEO, AL JASOOR, said: “The Rabdan ambulance vehicle combines best-in-class off-road mobility with a life-saving crew protection system for urgent medical care in landscapes that are too rugged for regular ambulances. Like the Rabdan 8×8, its innovative design protects passengers on operations in high-risk environments. Featuring high commonality with the Rabdan 8×8 platform, the ambulance variant drives down cost for our clients, meets modern warfare requirements, and optimises value for all operational requirements.”
An impressive powerpack and military-grade driveline mean that this vehicle can keep up with forward formations, even in the harshest terrain. Alongside a design that protects crew and patients from the deadliest threats, the Rabdan ambulance features an elevated roof and a large internal volume configured with extensive medical equipment. With room for medics to manoeuvre, the vehicle has a carrying capacity of up to nine personnel, including medics and patients. Rabdan comes with a modular, multi-wheeled structure for both tactical and technical advantages. Its integrated suite of military-grade support services makes it a complete unit.
Rabdan is a next-generation 8×8 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) being offered by AL JASOOR, a military vehicles manufacturer based in the UAE. Built on the successful Armed Assault (ARMA) platform, the IFV is designed to meet the operational requirements of armed forces globally. The vehicle offers high mobility on both land and water. All the variants feature maximum commonality and interchangeability which reduce the logistic footprint for fleet operators. The Rabdan 8×8 IFV has a length of 8m, width of 3.25m and height of 2.35m. The gross weight of the vehicle is up to 30,000kg, while the maximum seating capacity of the IFV is 11.