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M462 Abir

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Utility vehicle

  • ORIGIN
    Israel

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1980's

  • DESIGNER
    Automotive Industries Ltd

  • PRODUCTION
    Late 1980's - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Israel - Automotive Industries Ltd

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Very fast and more comfortable than M325
    Good off-road capabilties
    Various specialist types available
    Standard versions are unarmed

Introduction

The M462 Abir is a 4x4 utility vehicle of Israeli origin. It was developed in the 1980's to replace the older M325 Commandcar. The name Abir is Hebrew for Knight. As with the previous Commandcar most parts are civilian of the shelf components.

Layout

The design of the Abir is based on the M325 Commandcar, but the chassis has been improved to provide a smoother ride and to increase speed on dirt roads. The nose has been extensively modified and widened to accept a more powerful engine. The Abir has 4x4 drive and uses single wheels at the back. The basic vehicle is softskin and open, but closed and armored models are available.

Cargo

The Abir may carry up to 1.8 t of cargo or be fitted with specialist equipment within that weight limit. With an open body up to 11 troops can be carried and less when armor is installed. In the ambulance role four stretchers or eight sitting patients can be transported.

Firepower

In the utility role the Abir is unarmed. As a troop transport usually one or more 7.62mm MAG machine guns are installed on pintle mounts. The Abir also serves as a weapons carrier and can be fitted with an infantry model TOW anti-tank missiles launcher or M40A2 recoilless rifle. In Colombian service it is the launch vehicle for the Nimrod missile.

Protection

The standard versions of the Abir that are used in the utility and troop transport role are unarmed softskin vehicles. Some Abir feature an armor kit and the Rhino is a special version with redesigned armored body. Either armored version protects against small arms fire and shell splinters. A mine protection kit is optional on both armored and non-armored versions.

Mobility

The Abir has good off road characteristics and has a maximum road speed of 110 km/h. It is normally fitted with a 170 hp diesel engine but a 155 hp V8 petrol engine is optional.

Users

The main user of the Abir are the Israeli military and law enforcement. It has been exported to various South American nations and possibly others.

Variants

M462 Abir

M462 Abir: Baseline softskin utility vehicle with benches facing inwards.
M462 Abir patrol vehicle: Standard version with benches facing outwards and pintle mounts for machine guns.
M462 Abir weapons carrier: Standard version with foldalbe windscreen and no sides for mounting TOW or M40A2.
M462 Abir uparmored: Abir with armored crew and troop compartment for police and urban use.
M462 Abir ambulance: Abir with armored crew compartment and ambulance rear body.
M462 Rhino: Dedicated armored version of Abir with redesigned hull single piece armored hull.

TypeUtility vehicle
Crew1 + 2 (driver, 2 passengers)
Length5.03 m
Width2.04 m
Height2.1 m
Ground clearance0.4 m
Weight4.7 t fully laden
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseWheeled chassis, 4x4, 3.2 m wheelbase, 1.72 m track
Turn radius7.1 m
EngineGM 6.5 L 4-stroke water cooled diesel, 170 hp at 3.400 rpm
Power ratio36.2 hp/t
TransmissionAutomatic, 3 forward, 1 reverse
Speed110 km/h
Fuel144 L
Range600 km
Wall0.45 m
Trench?
Gradient78% gradient
Fording0.76 m
ArmorOptional
NBC equipmentNo
Night visionNo
SmokeNo
Remarks1.9 t cargo
ArmamentOptional, see text
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