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Patrol option joins Paramount family of wheeled combat vehicles


The range of machines manufactured by Paramount Group

The South African company Paramount Group over the past few years, firmly entrenched in the competitive market of wheeled armored combat vehicles (BBM).

This success is based not only on export deliveries, but also on the development of machines at their own expense in order to obtain rather a line of ready-to-sell products that have good adaptability, rather than those designed for a specific customer.

The company's vehicles are currently in service with Azerbaijan and several other countries, including Congo and Gabon. The company also declares strategic agreements with a number of other countries and further expansion of the sales market, but does not disclose exactly where these customers are located.

Patrol option joins Paramount family of wheeled combat vehicles

Patrol option Marauder Patrol from the South African company Paramount Group

The newest machine in this growing family is the Marauder Patrol patrol version, first shown in September 2012. Designed and manufactured at Paramount's Midrand Land Systems plant, the project is intended for the “lower” segment of the secure machine market. The first Marauder Patrol cars are based on the Toyota Land Cruiser chassis, but can also be made on the Nissan Patrol platform.

At the moment, made two cars (photo above), one in the four-door configuration of the pickup, the second belongs to the class of "SUVs" (the English term SUV - Sport Utility Vehicle) with a protected crew compartment extended to the entire stern. Both cars are mainly designed for internal security tasks, but their compact dimensions extend the capabilities of their combat use in urban environments.

The pickup version has a total tonnage of 3,5 tonnes (including 550 kg loading capacity) with the crew’s central capsule with basic STANAG 4569 protection 1 level. The load compartment does not have protection, unlike the engine compartment, which has some initial level of protection.
The SUV version has a total mass of 4,8 tons, but can carry up to 9 people, four people more than the patrol version.

Standard production cars will have a 128 kW (172 hp) turbo diesel engine with a four-wheel drive plus five-speed manual transmission. This is enough to develop a maximum speed of 120 km / h and have a cruising range of up to 800 km. The air conditioning system is installed as standard.

Customers can also determine the number of transmission gears, the level of protection, and options for roof mounted weapons. According to Paramount, the reservation kit, for example, can be upgraded to STANAG 4569 2 level without degrading the machine.

Paramount has not yet received orders for the Patrol variant, but its representative said that after signing the contract, the company could deliver these cars in four to six months.

The new patrol version expands the company's product line and joins the earlier Matador and Marauder MPV (Mine Protected Vehicle - mino protected vehicle) options. Along with the assembly on the territory of South Africa, these machines are also being assembled in Azerbaijan in accordance with the contract issued by the Ministry of Defense of this country in 2009.

In accordance with the agreement, the initial batch of Matador 30 machines, Matador machines and Matara 15 machines and Marauder machines was produced under license at a factory in Baku. The local defense ministry was responsible for the final assembly, and Paramount supplied the main subsystems, such as the hull, power unit, suspension and wheel drive.

In the middle of 2011, the Ministry of Defense issued the second order for 60 machines, once again equally divided into these two options, their deliveries are expected at the end of 2013. The proportion of locally produced components in machines is increasing with each batch.

Marauder 4x4 MPV with the layout of the single tower Valour 20 mm

In September 2012, the South African company Comenius also showed off a prototype of its single tower Valour 20 on a Marauder machine.

Meanwhile, Paramount confirmed that it had begun manufacturing its thirty largest machines — well-protected Mbombe 6x6 — for the first customer. Negotiations are underway with at least two potential buyers who can purchase a total of 150 machines. However, as usual, the company refused to name these customers.

The first Mbombe machine in the BMP version was shown in 2010 with a single-seater single-seater turret armed with the widely-used Russian 30-mm 2A42 cannon and a paired 7,62-mm machine gun (photo above).

In this configuration, Mbombe, as a rule, has a crew commander, a gunner and driver plus space for eight paratroopers sitting facing each other on the explosion-proof seats in the rear part.

At the initial screening, the Mbombe had the declared total weight of 27 tons, the base weight was 16 tons and 11 tons were allocated for weapon systems, reservations, crew and equipment. However, in the process of refinement (including an increase in the height of the machine), the total mass was 24 tons with the same base weight of 16 tons.

A variant of the Mbombe machine Vesuvius

Paramount has also developed the Mbombe variant - a fighter. tanks, named Vesuvius. It has a fully stabilized weapons platform jointly developed by Paramount, Denel Dynamics and Reunert Defense Logistics and armed with four laser-guided Ingwe ATGMs from Denel Dynamics.

The 12,7-mm machine gun with ready-made 100 ammunition ammunition is installed between two launchers directly above the day / night optical-electronic surveillance system of the entire weapon set. The latter also includes an automatic tracking station. The turret can rotate all 360 degrees with elevation angles from -10 to + 35 degrees.

The Ingwe missile tested in real combat conditions is equipped with a nose-leading fuse that activates the dynamic protection unit on the tank, and thus allows the HEAT main cumulative warhead to penetrate the main armor. According to Denel Dynamics, the HEAT combat unit of the Ingwe missile can penetrate up to 1000 mm of conventional steel armor.

Maverick ISV Machine

The latest member of the company's current product line is the Maverick ISV (Internal Security Vehicle) machine. It was first shown in 2008 year and is currently in service with its first customer, Gabon, who received 10 machines at the start of 2012 for work during the African Cup of Nations tournament. Another customer (again unknown) also ordered this car.

Like the Matador, Marauder MPV and Mbombe machines, the Maverick ISV has a double monocoque, welded steel housing providing protection to the STANAG 4569 3 level.

Standard equipment includes an air-conditioning system and an auxiliary power unit, a set of fire resistant wheels and a central wheel inflation system, as well as fire detection and extinguishing systems. In addition, a dozer blade and front fenders can be installed to clear obstacles, and the public address system is quite common for an ISV-performing machine.

While the basic version of the Maverick typically has a crew of two people (commander and driver) and accommodates ten paratroopers, this machine can be modified for other tasks, such as a command post with advanced communications, video surveillance systems and flat panel displays.

The new Mbombe 6x6 version is equipped with a turret armed with four ATGMs with laser-guided Denel Dynamics Ingwe and an 12,7-mm machine gun


Materials used:
Jane's International Defense Review March 2013
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  1. wanderer_032
    wanderer_032 20 February 2014 08: 17
    The technique is serious of course, but built for use in Africa, the Middle East and other places with a similar climate.
    The Mbombe 6x6 machine will certainly be able to overcome a rather deep ford, but water obstacles are hardly more serious. Although the "swing" to a full-fledged combat vehicle is clearly present here.
    Mbombe 6x6 on video:

  2. avt
    avt 20 February 2014 10: 10
    Well, the Yuarists can perhaps be called the ancestors of this class of cars, even during the apartheid times they had a V-shaped bottom. So outwardly they look solid - IVECO inspires more feasibly that “friend Silvio” vparil us through Serduchka, it seems that Mandela's triumph over apartheid did not drive their design school in this direction into the coffin.
    1. cosmos111
      cosmos111 20 February 2014 18: 50
      Quote: avt
      it seems that Mandela’s triumph over apartheid did not drive their design school in this direction into the coffin.

      all state .. companies of South Africa, have joined international concerns: BAE Systems, Generan Daynemamics (((
      the rest, in the private sector (((
      Quote: wanderer_032
      Mbombe 6x6 machine of course can overcome a rather deep ford, but water barriers are more serious than

      This armored vehicles was created primarily for police and anti-terrorist operations !!!!
      to purchase 10 copies, Mbombe 6x6 and test them in real combat operations in the Caucasus against militants (((

      excellent armored personnel carrier, for these purposes >>> armament - 30-mm cannon 2A42 with a coaxial 7,62-mm machine gun good
  3. inkass_98
    inkass_98 20 February 2014 13: 24
    The Boers are well done, they have found a niche (as in the case of automatic shotguns or hand grenade launchers) and are successfully mastering it.
  4. polkovnik manuch
    polkovnik manuch 20 February 2014 13: 30
    Cute armored cars and performance characteristics say good, but we bought some crap from pasta.
    1. ICT
      ICT 20 February 2014 19: 09
      Quote: polkovnik manuch
      Cute armored cars and performance characteristics say not bad

      and the entire line from light to heavy, and in

      Mbombe 6x6. I generally fell in love repeat
  5. tchoni
    tchoni 20 February 2014 20: 15
    It would be terribly interesting to get a pair of representatives from each species for military trials.
    1. ICT
      ICT 20 February 2014 20: 23
      I think so, it’s not a question, in the age of commerce you will receive pay. there’s probably just the whole line
      1. alone
        alone 20 February 2014 23: 07
        Quote: TIT
        I think so, it’s not a question, in the age of commerce you will receive pay. there’s probably just the whole line

        They are assembled by order of the Moscow Region with a turret with a large machine gun. By the way, they are very good MPs. And Mbombe can even be ranked as a wheeled BMP. It has an automatic gun.
  6. beifall
    beifall 21 February 2014 14: 36
    BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE - South African defense and aerospace equipment manufacturer Paramount Group (Land Systems Unit) and the Kazakhstan Engineering JSC group have struck a deal to build armored personnel carriers (APCs) annually at an upgraded plant in the Kazakh capital Astana.

    The deal marks a giant leap in the development of Kazakhstan-South African defense and trade ties, which already cover the production and collaborative marketing of strategic minerals, technology exchanges, machine production and oil procurement for South Africa.
  7. beifall
    beifall 21 February 2014 14: 40
    Kazakhstan will experience French armored personnel carriers
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    Kazakhstan intends to test the French army armored vehicles Sherpa Scout, Sherpa APC and VAB MkIII, the website of the Kazspecexport RSE reports. General Director of the enterprise Asset Kurmangaliyev held talks with President of RENAULT Truck Defense Gerard Amelier within the framework of the 11th International Conference and Exhibition of the Defense Industry IDEX-2013, which was held in Abu Dhabi.

    Kazspecexport has already started preparations for demonstration tests of French equipment. In addition, within the framework of the execution of the protocol decision of the second meeting of the bilateral Kazakh-French commission on cooperation in the field of armaments, the parties agreed on the need for interaction between the RSE Kazspecexport and RENAULT Truck Defense.

    Earlier, NK Kazakhstan Engineering JSC and the Turkish company Otocar agreed on the joint production of combat wheeled vehicles and off-road vehicles, as well as their maintenance in Kazakhstan.

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