Egypt begins mass production of homemade Sinai-200 and ST-500 armoured vehicles

Last week, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated a new Military-Industries Factory (No.300) and production lines for the manufacture of armoured vehicles, firearms, ammunition and shells

During the opening ceremony, an Egyptian-made IFV Sinai-200 and ST-500 were displayed alongside several other locally made equipment.

During the event, Egypt’s officials disclosed that the north African country will begin mass production of the ST-500 LTV and the Sinai-200 IFV this year.

The ST-500 is a 4×4 tactical vehicle LTV designed and manufactured locally in 2016 by the MoMP and IMUT group, with parent conpany SASKA in South Africa -owned by an Egyptian businessman, while the Sinai-200 is the first Egyptian domestic Infantry fighting vehicle IFV to be produced by the MoMP.

IMUT specialises in the design and integration of vehicle systems and is now based in New Cairo, Egypt.

The 4×4 ST-500 armoured vehicle was showcased for the first time at the inaugural Egypt Defence Exhibition (Edex) in Cairo last year.

The 4×4 vehicle has armour protection up to CEN Level SR6/SR7 and is available in several variants, including ambulance and fire support.

Also, the ST-500 is 5.65 metres long, is 2.4 metres wide and 3.15 metres high. It weighs 8 000 kg and can carry 2 500 kg of payload. In it’s standard configuration, the ST-500 can carry seven people including a driver, commander and five passengers, while the ambulance version can carry three crew and two stretcher patients.

It is powered by a Cummins QSB 6.7 litre diesel developing 275 hp and giving a top speed of 120-135 km/h.

Optional equipment include rocket launchers, mortars remotely controlled weapon stations, smoke grenade launchers and cameras.

On the other hand, the Egyptian Sinai-200 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) appears to be an upgrade for the Russian BMP tracked armoured vehicle.

An Egyptian-made Sinai-200 armoured vehicle. Note the similarity with Russian made BMP vehicles. This particular vehicle is fitted with 12.7 mm RCWS and cage armor. (Egypt MOD)

It was first unveiled in February last year by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during the inauguration of a number of new factories operating under Abu Zaabal Company for Specialized Industries, also known as “Military Factory 300.”

The Sinai-200 IFV provides protection of STANAG4569 / Level4B protection against mines. It is equipped with a 12.7mm remote control weapon station (RCWS) as well as a Q-Net to provide protection from RPG attacks.

With this new ST-500, ST-100 and Sinai-200, Egypt once again displays it’s ability to develop and deploy a wide range of armoured vehicles. Early this year, the Egyptian Army started the deployment of the Egyptian made Sinai-200, ST-100, ST-500 on Sinai region.

Other armour program in development in Egypt include the Temsah family of vehicles. Egypt’s TEMSAH (meaning “Crocodile” in arabic) armoured vehicle family has 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 latest variant being the Temsah 5 4×4 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.

Darek Liam

Been covering defense and national security issues for more than a decade. Sometimes you see me in the Sahara desert horse riding.

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