NIMR Jais 4X4 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected
NIMR Jais 4X4 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected

NIMR and Saudi Arabian Military Industries Sign Manufacturing Agreement for JAIS 4×4

NIMR, the leading manufacturer of combat-proven wheeled military vehicles, signed a manufacturing license agreement with Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund, to transfer technology and boost SAMI’s domestic industrial capabilities, enabling the production of the combat proven JAIS 4×4 vehicle in Saudi Arabia. Following the signing of the teaming agreement during IDEX 2021, His Excellency Staff Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the NIMR Board and Eng.Walid Abukhaled, CEO of SAMI, signed into the next phase of their partnership at the World Defense Show 2022 held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Designed to enable local manufacture of the JAIS vehicle, the defence procurement programme between the two countries testifies the sides’ utmost commitment to diversifying their economies, developing local talent, and establishing high-technology industries.

Abri du Plessis, CEO, NIMR said: “Building strategic partnerships is at the heart of NIMR’s strategy – it is truly a defining moment for us to enter the first major defence procurement programme between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. He added: “This momentous deal demonstrates our export capabilities and commitment to delivering cutting-edge products at world-class standards. We look forward to building on this synergy in strengthening the country’s security and prosperity through defence, technology and knowledge transfer programmes.”

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Eng. Walid Abukhaled, CEO of SAMI, said: “We are pleased that the new agreement further solidifies the partnership between SAMI and NIMR. With this manufacturing license agreement, we at SAMI are taking a huge step toward our mission to develop world-class defence technologies and systems within Saudi Arabia in line with the Vision 2030 objective to localise 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending. It will also enable us to contribute to enhancing the readiness of our national armed forces, while creating new direct and indirect employment opportunities for Saudis.”

NIMR Jais 4X4 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected
NIMR Jais 4X4 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected. (Photo by NIMR)

The JAIS Family of Vehicles brings together forty years of experience in protected optimized mobility. The JAIS is the next generation of MRAP, providing essential balance between firepower, survivability, but with mobility for modern, conventional and asymmetric operations. JAIS 4×4 is the next generation of mine resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, providing critical balance between firepower, survivability, and mobility for modern, conventional, and asymmetric operations. Crew survivability depends on a ‘crew citadel’ protection system that has demonstrated proven capabilities against mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and ballistic threats. The JAIS vehicle architecture supports multiple mission variants and equipment options, such as a full motorised infantry section, with a manned turret or remote weapon system. The JAIS 6×6 is an ideal platform to compliment the 4×4 version and allowing users to meet a diverse range of requirements.

The company NIMR Automotive LLC is a manufacturer and produces an APC’s series, named Nimr, being the first military vehicles constructor in the United Arab Emirates. In 2014, it merged into Emirates Defence Industries Company. NIMR Automotive LLC is a defence vehicle manufacturer. NIMR is a member of the Abu Dhabi Government owned Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC). NIMR produces wheeled military vehicles which are designed, manufactured and assembled entirely in the UAE. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) is a state-owned defense company launched in May 2017 by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). SAMI was established to provide military products and services in Saudi Arabia and to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products. The company operates across aeronautics; land systems, including military vehicles; weapons and missiles; and defence electronics.

NIMR Jais 4X4 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected
NIMR Jais 4X4 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected. (Photo by NIMR)

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