|Manufacturer:||King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB)|
|Product type:||Auxiliary Vehicles|
|Name:||Mine protected carrier|
The M35 Mine Protected Carrier (MPC) is a joint development between AM General of the United States (who originally built the M35 6 × 6 truck), the King Hussien Main Workshops of Jordan and Mechem Consultants of South Africa.
Marketing of the M35 MPC is carried out by the National Resources Development Company of Jordan with the assistance of the King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau (KADDB).
The first two production standard M35 MPCs were completed early in 1998 although tests of the new mine protected body on a 6 × 6 chassis had been completed well before this date, in South Africa.
It has been designed as a low cost mine protected carrier for the transport of troops in areas where there is a significant risk from anti-tank mines.
The King Hussien Main Workshops have been responsible for the chassis while Mechem has been responsible for the new mine protected all-welded steel armour cab and troop compartment.
AM General supplied the automotive parts of the upgrade as most of these are the same as those used in its Extended Service Plan for the M35 truck used by the US Army National Guard and Reserve.
The M35 Mine Protected Carrier (MPC) essentially consists of a modified US supplied AM General M35 2.5 ton (US) (6 × 6) truck chassis fitted with a mine protected cab and mine protected rear troop area.
Both the cab and rear troop area have a V-shaped bottom to provide the maximum possible protection from the blast of anti-tank mines. A special kit can be supplied to provide enhanced protection against the Russian TMRP-6 Self-Forming Fragmentation (SFF) anti-tank mine.
The standard level of armour provides protection against 7.62 mm × 51 ball ammunition all round and against a conventional TM-57 anti-tank mine under any wheel station.
The chassis has been modified by the installation of a new power pack consisting of a Caterpillar 3116 170 hp diesel coupled to a ZF fully automatic transmission.
The standard M35 (6 × 6) truck has dual rear wheels but on the M35 MPC these have been replaced by single wheels and tyres which have also been fitted to the front axle.
A central tyre-pressure regulation system has been installed which allows the driver to adjust the tyre pressure to suit the terrain being crossed. A replacement wheel and tyre are under the left side of the chassis.
The commander and driver are seated in the fully enclosed all-welded steel cab to the rear of the engine compartment. This is provided with bulletproof windows in the front, sides and rear. The crew enter via a square door in each side of the upper part of the cab which opens forwards.
The rear troop compartment has a large door in the rear with opens to the left and this is supplied with a large bulletproof window. The are also large bulletproof windows in either side of the troop compartment and one at the front. Hatches are also provided in the roof. Ten troops are carried in the rear and these are seated five down each side facing each other. The troops enter and leave via the rear door and additional step provided at the rear of the vehicle.