NIMR, the leading manufacturer of combat-proven wheeled military vehicles, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ST Engineering, a global technology, defence, and engineering group, to build innovative hybrid electric drive (HED) systems to underpin NIMR’s commitment to HED technology, aspiring to be the first manufacturer in the Middle East region to integrate the game-changing power systems to reinforce its leading status as a pioneer in the armoured vehicle industry.
Abri du Plessis, CEO of NIMR and Daniel Lam, Head, Middle East of ST Engineering signed the MOU at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2021) that took place on 21-25 February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The signing of the MOU marks the beginning of a new era of collaboration and great technological advancement, during which we intend to study and design HED components for NIMR vehicles.
Besides offering improved range, acceleration and stealth capabilities, the HED systems also provide sustainability benefits such as lower emissions, compared to a typical diesel engine system. The decisive advantage of the HED systems is that they are much quieter than conventional engines, a crucial requirement for silent watch operations and covert maneuverability in combat operations.
NIMR and ST Engineering envisage to meet the most demanding duty-cycle requirements, to take advantage of the HED systems boasts allowing increased vehicle efficiency, providing power for all required equipment including communications, situational awareness, and weapon systems.
Alongside delivering multiple technical and operational enhancements, the introduction of hybrid technology is set to ultimately reduce military reliance on fossil fuels - a step that aligns seamlessly with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the UAE’s National Climate Change Plan.
Speaking on the occasion, Abri du Plessis, CEO, NIMR, said: “We are very excited to work side-by-side with ST Engineering to become the first manufacturer in the region to integrate hybrid electric drive systems into our armoured vehicles. The synergy reiterates NIMR’s consistent efforts to bring to market the latest technologies and push the boundaries of military innovation to meet the evolving operational requirements of our customers.”
Dr. Lee Shiang Long, President/Head, Land Systems of ST Engineering, said: “Originally designed for commercial applications, our HED system which we intend to integrate on NIMR’s military vehicle, is testimony to our engineering and design capabilities. The hybrid system will prove to be an asset in military operations where speed and stealth count. In addition to enhanced mobility, it is both efficient and built to support the energy requirements for future technologies.”
NIMR is a leading regional manufacturer of combat-proven, high-performance light and medium-weight wheeled military vehicles. The company designs, assembles, manufactures, integrates and provides after-sales service for a range of armoured and soft-skinned vehicle platforms.
Established in 2000, NIMR vehicles are designed to meet the most demanding duty cycle requirement for off-road performance and its specialist applications provide market-leading vehicle mobility, crew safety and reliability over life in-service. The company’s extensive testing regimen gives soldiers the confidence they require during the most gruelling missions, under highly demanding conditions.
NIMR is part of the Platforms & Systems cluster within EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond that ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.
Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group with offices across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., serving customers in more than 100 countries. The Group uses technology and innovation to solve real-world problems and improve lives through its diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, smart city, defence and public security segments. ST Engineering reported revenue of $7.2 billion in FY2020.