The Desert Iris light utility vehicle was developed by the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) to meet operational requirements of the Jordanian Armed Forces for a light and cost-effective non-armored utility vehicle. Initially it was intended for airborne and rapid deployment forces.
It is currently in service with Jordanian Armed Forces and is usually used in patrol role. A contract was signed for 199 Desert Iris vehicles. It was also exported to Bahrain, Libya, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
The Desert Iris is based on Toyota Hilux automotive components to reduce development, production and maintenance costs. Vehicle is powered by Toyota 2.8-liter diesel engine, developing 88 hp. The Desert Iris is claimed to have excellent cross-country performance and handling.
The Desert Iris is equipped for carrying passengers or weapons. It is fitted with a weapons tray for various applications. It can carry 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine guns, TOW launcher, multiple rocket launcher, or other weapons. Weapons can be easily removed or reconfigured depending on the mission requirements.
Vehicle can tow light trailers or light artillery pieces, such as mortars.
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