Paramount Group’s newly launched, next generation armoured personnel carrier, the Mbombe 4, has been acquired by the United Arab Emirates, UAE’s Ministry of Defence announced at the ongoing IDEX 2019.
Manufactured by the global defence and aerospace company, Paramount Group, the Mbombe 4 draws on the heritage of the Mbombe 8×8, now in production following its launch in 2016, and the Mbombe 6×6, which has entered service. The Mbombe 4×4 completes the Mbombe family of combat vehicles, designed to optimally meet the increasing demand for outstanding protection, yet versatility in conventional and asymmetric warfare, counter terrorism and peacekeeping missions.
“The UAE is one of the most sophisticated procurement markets of defence equipment in the world,” said Ivor Ichikowitz, founder and Executive Chairman of Paramount Group.” stated. “We are very privileged that our newly launched, next generation armoured vehicle has been selected by the UAE’s Armed Forces. “
The Mbombe 4 is fully industrialised, allowing for efficient manufacture in customer countries around the world, harnessing Paramount Group’s portable manufacturing model.
The platform offers very high levels of ballistic and mine protection – crew compartment STANAG 4569-Level 3, blast protection STANAG 4569-Level 4a & 4b – and protection against a 50kg TNT side blast or IED/roadside bomb. Its applique armour packages can provide higher levels of ballistic protection (up to level 4) and mine protection as required by the customer.
Other key features of the Mbombe 4 include a burst speed of 140km/hr, ensuring exceptional levels of mobility, a unique, rear-door ramp design proven in combat on 6×6 and 8×8 IFVs, with the vehicle fully operational in winter conditions of -20 Celsius to desert conditions of +55 Celsius. The 16 tonnes Mbombe 4 provides a payload of nearly three tonnes, encapsulating weapon systems, ammunition, crew and supplies.
The vehicle has been designed to accommodate a wide range of payloads and turrets. The onboard mission computer and interface system can integrate with both Western and Eastern-made weapon systems. The vehicle is further fitted with the latest generation navigational, crew comfort and security systems, with examples including a driver-assist camera system, winterisation kit, vehicle location and tracking systems, a NATO standard tow-hitch, radios and intercoms systems and a Central Tyre Inflation System (CTIS).
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