Pakistani defense manufacturer to unveil 8×8 Multi-role Fighting Vehicle

Pakistani defense manufacturer to unveil 8x8 multi-role fighting vehicle

Blitzkrieg Defense Solutions, a privately owned Pakistani defense manufacturer, will be showcasing its 8×8 wheeled Multi-Role Combat Vehicle (MCV) at the 2016 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in Pakistan.

The MCV, called ‘Hamza’, is powered by a 600 horsepower engine, giving the MCV a power-to-weight ratio of more than 20hp per ton. If accurate, this would place the Hamza MCV’s weight at 30-tons, which is comparable to other 8×8 AFVs, such as the Paramount Group Mbombe 8 (28-tons).

It is also reported that the MCV has a useful payload capacity of 15+ tons. In terms of armor, Hamza benefits from ballistic protection (up to STANAG 4569 Level-4) and blast as well as mine protection (STANAG 4569 Level-4B).

Up to 14 troops can be carried inside the Hamza. The MCV can also be equipped with electro-optical sensors, including night-vision. The MCV can be armed with either a 12.7mm heavy machine gun or a 30mm cannon.