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DSEI 2017: VOP CZ and NIMR Automotive’s Strategic Partnership

Distribution, production and after-sale support of the complete range of NIMR armoured vehicles


In February 2017, at IDEX in Abu Dhabi, VOP CZ (CR) and NIMR Automotive (UAE) signed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement for the marketing, distribution, production and after-sale support of the complete range of NIMR armoured vehicles to the Visegrad 4 countries – Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

VOP CZ and NIMR Automotive have a long-standing relationship, stemming from an earlier partnership which saw VOP CZ manufacture the armoured cabins for NIMR’s AJBAN 440A vehicles for over two years. This connection evolved into a more robust relationship earlier this year, when VOP CZ and NIMR Automotive decided to collaborate on the manufacture of NIMR vehicles for European customers.

Fundamentally, the partnership will allow NIMR vehicles to be ‘winterised’ in order to operate optimally in cold weather conditions. The first vehicle to undergo core winterisation work was the NATO compliant NIMR 440N, a highly mobile 4×4 protected vehicle that offers exceptional off-road capability, reliability and performance and incorporates the latest technologies in ballistic and blast protection. Officially debuted at IDET 2017 in Czech Republic, the NIMR 440N has undergone a range of modifications to enable the vehicle to fully perform in cold weather conditions, in accordance with STANAG 2895 (-32°C to +55°C). Other system upgrades include EMC compliance to MIL-STD 416F, one of the core NATO compliance requirements.

As a further part of the collaboration, the VOP CZ and NIMR Automotive design teams reviewed the capabilities of the NIMR 440N to ensure it meets European on-road legislation standards, such elements as driver visibility, mirror position, ABS braking and vehicle lighting.

The newly configured NIMR 440N has already been successfully demonstrated at several events attended by senior leadership of the Czech Armed Forces, and additional demonstrations are planned across Central and Eastern Europe over the coming months. Further winterisation work will be carried out on other NIMR vehicles as this partnership progresses, providing a compelling alternative for Central and Eastern European Armed Forces as they continue to upgrade ageing military fleets as part of integral defence modernisation plans.

VOP CZ, s.p. (Czech Republic) is a state enterprise established by MOD. It is mainly active in development, manufacture, repairs, servicing and modernisation of ground military technology and it has manufactured 107 armoured Pandur II vehicles for the Czech Armed Forces.

Last year the company celebrated the 70th anniversary of its existence. Today, it employs over 870 people and in 2016 it generated over CZK 1.3 billion in revenue.

NIMR Automotive (United Arab Emirates), a subsidiary of the Emirates Defence Industry Company (EDIC) delivers highly capable wheeled military vehicles that are designed for the harshest environments, across a diverse scope of mission requirements.

NIMR’s range of desert-proven 4×4 and 6×6 vehicles are available in armoured or non-armoured configurations, with modular configurable crew capacity and payload, where protection and mobility is the focus of our design activities.


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