Walid (armored personnel carrier)

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Walid armored personnel carrier, 1980s.

The Walid is a wheeled armored personnel carrier based on the BTR-152 and the BTR-40, built by the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI). It was used by Egypt during the 1967 war with Israel.


The vehicle consists of a German UNIMOG truck chassis with an Egyptian built armored body. The body was open-topped but fully enclosed versions were available. The open top versions have a canvas cover. The commander has a weapon mount, and others can be positioned along the edges of the roof along the hull sides and rear. The hull has a door on each side of the cab and one door in the rear of the hull. There are also three firing ports on each side of the hull. The Walid has no NBC or night vision system.


Command Vehicle - basic APC but with extra radios

Self-propelled wheeled multiple-rocket launcher manned by a crew of two and armed with either six or twelve 80 mm rocket-launcher tubes (depending upon model).


The Walid has been supplied to Burundi, Iraq, Sudan, and Yemen where it was mostly used for internal security and riot control. Egypt primarily used it for reconnaissance.

Israel captured some and used them for desert patrol/reconnaissance. At least one was seized from Angola by the South African Defence Force during Operation Savannah.[1]

War movies[edit]

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Walid was used several times in war movies shot in the Egyptian desert, appearing as a fake armored truck of the Afrika Korps with a German Balkenkreuz painted on the side.


Map with Walid operators in blue with former operators in red

Current operators[edit]

Former operators[edit]


  • Configuration: 4 x 4
  • Manufacturer: AOI Kader Factory, Cairo, Egypt
  • Crew: 2 + 10
  • Armament: 1 x 7.62 mm PKM MG
  • Ammunition: 1,000 x 7.62 mm
  • Length: 6.12 m
  • Width: 2.57 m
  • Height: 2.3 m
  • Ground Clearance: 0.4 m
  • Weight (Combat): 12,000 kg
  • Weight (Empty): 9,200 kg
  • Power To Weight Ratio: 14 hp/t
  • Engine: 168 hp Deutz AG diesel
  • Maximum Road Speed: 86 km/h
  • Maximum Range: 800 km
  • Fording: 0.8 m
  • Vertical slope: 0.5 m
  • Gradient: 60%
  • Side Slope: 30%
  • Armour: 8 mm steel


  1. ^ a b [webspace.webring.com/people/qs/sa_bushwar1/opssavannah.html Op Savannah]
  2. ^ a b c d e "Trade Registers". Armstrade.sipri.org. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  3. ^ Christopher F. Foss. Jane's Tanks and Combat Vehicles Recognition Guide (2000 ed.). Harper Collins Publishers. p. 252. ISBN 978-0004724522.
  4. ^ a b Christopher F. Foss. Jane's World Armoured Fighting Vehicles (1976 ed.). Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd. p. 204. ISBN 0-354-010220.

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