New Art of Defence Armoured Vehicle Unveiled
By Abdi Ali
Published June 20, 2016
A South African-based global defence and aerospace company has unveiled a new generation armoured vehicle.
The company, Paramount Group, unveiled the eight-wheeled vehicle known as Mbombe 8 during the annual Kazakhstan Defence Exhibition in Astana.
The company describes Mbombe 8 as a “technologically superior . . . infantry combat vehicle” that “represents the pinnacle of land system innovation”. It says Mbombe 8 “was designed to meet the world-wide demand for sophisticated and affordable military equipment that provides unrivalled protection for land forces personnel, in an era of unprecedented asymmetrical threats and conflict.”
Saying it has developed and produced “a broad range of advanced armoured and mine protected vehicles that are in operation around the world,” Paramount Group says its new vehicle “is at the vanguard of armoured vehicle technologies”; that it “has been designed and developed to meet the increasing demand for multi-role, high mobility, and mine hardened platforms, providing a solution to the ever-changing demands of the global battlefield.”
Ivor Ichikowitz, founder and chairman of the company, says Mbombe 8 is a “high speed, long-range, and low profile 8×8 armoured vehicle.”
Saying the company “pioneered mine-resistant flat floor technology which is central to the design of the new 8×8 platform,” Ben Jansen, CEO of Paramount’s armoured vehicle business, says”The development of Mbombe 8 has enabled Paramount Group to provide potential customers with a complete family of 4 x 4, 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 AFVs which share over 80% of common components to reduce through life costs and make for easier training and logistics. This presents a unique opportunity for the global market, affording a prospective end-user of all three vehicles significant savings in the areas of maintenance and logistical support.”
The company says Mbombe 8 is based on the design of its Mbombe 6;an infantry combat vehicle that employs an inventive new form of providing unprecedented levels of protection, while keeping its profile to a minimum. The Mbombe 8, Para,ount Group says, also draws on its experience of designing the highly effective and battle-tested Marauder and Matador mine-resistant vehicles.
“This highly advanced and comprehensive vehicle addresses the threats and operational requirements that are unique to the Commonwealth of Independent States region, and represents the innovation and transfer of technology at the heart of the strategic industrial partnership between Paramount Group and its partners in Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering,” PG says.
What are the main features of the Mbombe 8?
- Gross weight of 28 tonnes and kerb weight of 19 tonnes
- Payload of 9 tonnes
- Max speed of 110km/h
- Operating range: 800 km
- High levels of ballistic and mine protection: ballistic protection: STANAG 4569 Level 3+ and blast protection: STANAG 4569 Level 4a and 4b
- The cooling systems and driveline have been tested and proven in winter conditions of -55 Celsius and desert conditions of +55 Celsius
The first advanced prototype of the Mbombe 8 will soon start extensive mobility trails, and production will be undertaken in South Africa and Kazakhstan.
“South Africa has been leading the world in armoured vehicle and land mine protected technologies for decades. We have a truly remarkable skills base; we are home to some of the best engineers in the world, who have developed technologies that are used globally to save lives daily,” says Ichikowitz.