Egypt has unveiled a new variant of the Temsah armoured vehicles series, in continuation of its drive to develop a national defence industrial capability.
The latest variant being the Temsah 5 4×4 armoured vehicle. The Temsah 5 armoured vehicle was unveiled on Thursday 4 February 2021 by the Kader Factory for Developed Industries, part of the Egyptian Ministry of Defence Industrial Engineering Complex.
The Temsah 5 armoured vehicle was built on the vast experienced gains during the construction as well as the field operation of the previous variants. The vehicle is optimized for special operations and security forces.
The Temsah 5 armoured vehicle is similar in design and role to the Temsah-1 and Temsah-4. It’s hull is protected against 7.62 mm armor piercing rounds. It can transport five soldiers including a crew of two. Its turret can mount various types of weapons including a 12.7 mm machine gun.
Egypt’s TEMSAH (meaning “Crocodile” in arabic) armoured vehicle family has today expanded to six vehicles comprising of the Temsah 1, Temsah 2 (Temsah Bus), Temsah 3 Protected Patrol Vehicle, Light Temsah, Temsah 4, and Temsah 5.
The Temsah-1 is a 4×4 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle with a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of 13.3 tonnes including 2,200kg payload, it can transport six dismounts in addition to a crew of two.
The Temsah 2 (Temsah Bus) armoured vehicle is basically a stretched version of the Temsah 1, with the engine output, increased to 240 hp, the gross vehicle weight increased to 16.475 tons.
The Temsah 3 Protected Patrol Vehicle (PPV) is noticeably smaller than the rest of the family, it was unveiled at the EDEX 18. TEMSAH 3 is powered by a 6.5 litre, 205hp turbo-diesel engine providing a road speed of 110km/hr (69mph) and cruising range of 440km (275 miles).
Ballistic protection is BR6 and up to four passengers can be carried in addition to the crew of two. The vehicle is equipped with a Remote Weapon Station, and mounted soldiers can fire their weapons through gun ports at the side ports at both side of the vehicle.
The Light Temsah armoured vehicle is a 3.2 tonnes vehicle with a 500 kg payload capable of carrying two crew member and three soldiers under a BR6 protected cell. The Light Temsah features three gun ports, and powered by a gasoline engine providing 228 hp, which gives it a considerable power-to-weight ratio allowing a maximum speed of 165 km/h.