The National Organization for Military Production, part of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense has developed the SENA 200, a new tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) fully designed and developed in Egypt. The vehicle was unveiled for the first time to the public during the Egypt Defense Exhibition, EDEX 2021.
Egyptian-made SENA 200 tracked armored vehicle at EDEX 2021, Egypt defense exhibition. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The design of the SENA 200 seems very similar to the Soviet BMP series, but according to the Egyptian Defense Industry, it is an entirely new vehicle. The vehicle is based on tracked torsion bars and shock absorbers suspensions consisting on each side of five road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front and the idler at the rear. The upper part is protected by armor plates.
The front of the SENA 200 has a sloped glacis with the driver at the left and the engine compartment at the right. The driver position is equipped with full digitalized displays to control and drive the vehicle. The internal layout has been designed to offer a high level of comfort, with individual seats for each soldier and the crew. Each side of the hull is fitted with three day periscopes and three firing ports.
The troop compartment is at the rear with the six infantrymen seated back-to-back, on individual seats. They enter and leave the vehicle via two manual doors located at the rear of the hull, each equipped with a small window and one firing port.
According to the brochure published by the producer of the SENA 200, the hull of the vehicle provides ballistic protection up to Level 4 STANAG 45698 against the firing of small arms 14.5×114mm AP(Armor Piercing). The vehicle floor offers mine protection up to Level 3 STANAG 4569 against mine blast explosion of 8 kg TNT under the body and the tracks. The front and the side of the SENA 200 can be also fitted with an anti-RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) to defeat RPGs by disrupting their fusing mechanism as the incoming rocket is trapped by the net.
The SENA 200 is powered by a stroke Diesel engine developing 360 hp. The vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 65 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km. The vehicle has a low silhouette with a length of 6.1 m, a wide of 1.88 m, and a height of 1.88m. It has a combat weight of only 14 tons. According to our analysis, the SENA 200 seems to have amphibious capabilities and is propelled in the water by its tracks.
The SENA 200 can be fitted with a wide range of weapon systems and can be armed with an automatic cannon up to 30mm caliber. At EDEX 2021, the SENA 200 was equipped with Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) Eagle 1 jointly manufactured by the Egyptian company Arab International Optronics and the Spanish company Escribano Mechanical & Engineering.
The Eagle 1 is a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) fully stabilized that can be mounted on tracked and wheeled armored vehicles. The RWS is fitted with uncooled thermal and day sight cameras as well as a laser range finder and detection, recognition and identification system. The turret is armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun. She has a traverse of 360° with an elevation from -20° to +60°.