Iraq takes first steps to producing its own military vehicles
Called the Hajjam 1, the vehicle is likely to be based on a Toyota Land Cruiser chassis and features a Toyota V8 4.5-litre turbo-diesel engine delivering 232hp coupled to an automatic transmission. The vehicle is 4.7 m long, 1.8 m wide, 2.1 m high, and has B6-level armoured protection, meaning it can withstand 7.62×39 mm rounds from a Kalashnikov rifle.
Company officials told Jane’s that the new vehicle could be used as a troop transport, ambulance, combat vehicle, for border protection duties, or for use by private security companies.
“The Iraqi armed forces need armoured combat and tactical vehicles, so we designed and manufactured an Iraqi-model Hajjam that matches international standards,” Jalal Hussein, the chief engineer of Iraqi State Military Industries Company, told Jane’s on 11 March.
“Our manufacturing is taking place in complete co-ordination with [the] Iraqi Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior, as at the first stage we are looking to respond to the Iraqi security forces’ needs, then looking for export opportunities,” Hussein added.