IDEX Convention: China reveals new ATGW vehicle while UAE reveals Enigma 8×8 vehicle

China-reveals-armed-vehicleAt the IDEX Conference in the UAE,  China is displaying the Poly Technologies 07PD (8×8) vehicle fitted with a turret armed for anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs). Presented in the ready-to-launch configuration, these missiles are laser-guided and are fitted with a tandem warhead to defeat targets fitted with explosive reactive armour.  The missile is designated the PA02-MA and, in addition to being launched from ground-based platforms, also has other launch applications.  The 07PD (8×8) chassis is also being used for a number of other variants, including an APC, 120mm mortar-carrier and a mobile gun system consisting of a three-person turret armed with a 105mm rifled gun and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

0c19bd91Meanwhile, Emirates Defense Technology (EDT) is displaying their new Enigma 8×8 vehicle. According to a spokesperson from EDT, the vehicle is fully operational and will conduct trials over the next six months, including the UAE summer trials where the vehicle is expected to meet requirements for the UAE 8×8 competition.  The vehicle is fitted with a BMP-3 turret.

4e15820aBAE Systems is displaying a model of its M777 155mm howitzer mounted on the Enigma 8×8.  According to the model the gun would be carried on top of the Enigma 8×8 but connected at the rear to be mechanically maneuvered to the ground, with the barrel facing the opposite direction to where the vehicle is pointing.

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