The Enigma 8x8 wheeled Armored Modular Fighting Vehicle (AMFV) has been developed by Emirates Defense Technology (EMT) to fulfill a variety of battlefield roles for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Army and possibly foreign customers. No longer content on purchasing military goods through export from the usual global players, the country has been slowly and quietly developing an indigenous military-industrial complex to solve upcoming requirements from within. The Enigma is one such effort, an 8-wheeled, fully-amphibious system featuring the requisite battlefield qualities commonly found in even the best Western offerings. A pilot form (prototype) was showcased during IDEX 2015 to representatives of the UAE government - the Army is looking into acquiring a large stock of 8x8 vehicles with the Enigma being a potential offering.
Like other vehicles in this class, the Enigma showcases a long-running armored hull superstructure atop its 8-wheeled chassis. The glacis plate is broad and well-sloped for basic frontal ballistics protection. The driver maintains a position at front-left with the powerpack to his right. The particular placement of the engine in the hull allows the middle and rear sections to be used for passenger seating and turret installation. A powered door at the rear of the hull supplies the needed entry/exit. The hull's underside is Vee-shaped specifically for mine resistance and tires feature a "run-flat" capability as well as real-time pressure control to suit the running environment. As an amphibious vehicle, the Enigma is propelled through water sources by way of a pair of propeller systems fitted low along the hull rear. Beyond its base all-welded armor protection scheme, the vehicle can also be fielded with applique armor. Survivability is also enhanced by way of smoke grenade dischargers to screen the vehicle, a complete digital Battlefield Management System (BMS), active defense suite, periscopes and local cameras for situational awareness, and an NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) kit. Creature comforts include an air-conditioning system and heating.
Drive power is through an American Caterpillar C13 diesel engine developing 711 horsepower output. Steering of the two front axles is power-assisted.
As a modular, multirole AFV, the Enigma can fit different turret systems including the complete turret of the Russian BMP-3 series Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) (1 x 100mm main gun with coaxial 30mm autocannon and 1 x 7.62mm coaxial machine gun). Other proposed versions include a Fire Support Vehicle (FSV) mounting a 155mm howitzer and an air-defense vehicle with autocannons.