In the 1960s, the Egyptian Army invested in a new armored car based on its experiences with the Soviet-era 4x4 wheeled BTR-40 reconnaissance car and the 6x6 wheeled BTR-152 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC). The result became the "Walid Gomaa Mohamed" (more simply known as the "Walid") which mated the chassis of a West German Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG truck (detailed elsewhere on this site) to an armored hull superstructure of local design. The vehicle was manufactured under the "Arab Organization for Industrialization" (AOI) Kader Factory banner.
The Walid was developed along the lines of a reconnaissance car / APC but grew into other needed roles including Command Vehicle (CV) (outfitted with additional communications gear), a riot control car, government security forces vehicle, and a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). In the latter version, a 6- or 12-round rocket launcher pack was fitted over the rear section of the vehicle containing 80mm rockets held in individual launch tubes while featuring a typical operating crew of two.
The base Walid scout car was given dimensions of 6.12x2.57x2.3 meters. Ground clearance amounted to 0.4 meters to which the vehicle could ford up to 0.8 meter deep water sources, overcome a 0.5 meter vertical slope, and manage a 60% gradient. The standard operating crew was two and a 7.62mm PKM or similar medium machine gun was typically fitted for local defense. Armor reached 8mm of steel that protected against small arms fire but little else. Beyond its crew of two, the car held room for up to ten combat-ready infantrymen and, depending on the production mark, the Walid came in either a soft-top or hard-top form to suit the mission role or customer requirement. Drive power was a Deutz AG diesel-fueled engine outputting at 168 horsepower which gave the Walid a maximum road speed of 86 kmh and road range out to 800 kilometers.
The Walid car has since found many global operators in what has turned out to be a long, healthy operational service life. The list once included Angola, Algeria, Iraq, North Yemen (now Yemen), and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) while current operators remain Burundi, Sudan, and Yemen. The Israeli Army captured a number of the cars from Egypt during the Six Day War (1967).
Manufacturing Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) - Egypt / Mercedes-Benz - West Germany
Production 1,250 Units
Angola; Algeria; Burundi; Egypt; Israel (captured); Iraq; North Yemen; Palestine; Sudan; Yemen
- Fire Support / Assault / Breaching
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
- Security / Defense / Law Enforcement / Convoy Escort
20.08 ft (6.12 m)
8.43 ft (2.57 m)
7.55 ft (2.3 m)
11 tons (10,000 kg; 22,046 lb)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Walid APC production model)
1 x Duetz AG diesel engine developing 168 horsepower.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Walid APC production model)
53 mph (86 kph)
497 miles (800 km)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Walid APC production model; Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 7.62mm medium machine gun
Also any personal weapons carried by the crew and passengers.
Ammunition: Not Available.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Walid APC production model)
"Walid Gomaa Mohamed" - Long-form Series Name
Walid APC - Base Armored Personnel Carrier / Scout Car / Reconnaissance vehicle; Mercedes 4x4 wheeled UNIMOG truck chassis.
Walid MLRS - Rocket carrier with crew of two and launcher unit for six- or twelve-shot 80mm battlefield rockets.
Walid CV - Command Vehicle with additional radio support
Walid AR - Anti-Riot Vehicle
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