Paramount has successfully sold its Mbombe 4 mine protected armored vehicle to the UAE the MoD announced at IDEX 2019.
The company showcased the 4×4 variant of the Mbombe for the first time at the Abu Dhabi event.
The vehicle displayed is a production variant that has been designed to meet customer requirements, Paramount officials confirmed.
The production line is currently located in South Africa but the company has the capability to move production to a customer nation if required.
The 4×4 completes the Paramount family of vehicles which also includes a 6×6 and an 8×8, of which the company said there are ‘1,000s of vehicles in service worldwide’. All of these are export customers and the company has not yet found success in the domestic market in South Africa.
Ivor Ichikowitz, executive chairman at Paramount, said that the vehicles consist of 70% commonality in parts across the family and have a Paramount proprietary mission computer which is open architecture.
He also emphasized the large payload weight which he said was hard to achieve with a vehicle at this price point. The exact pricing is unknown but Ichikowitz suggested that typically higher payload weights come at a higher price.
This is partly thanks to Paramount’s shallow ‘V’ hull design which reduces the height of the vehicle allowing it to carry more. The payload capability currently stands at 2,700kg with a combat weight of 16,000kg for the vehicle.
The vehicle can accommodate a crew of seven, including a driver, commander, and a gunner.
The Mbombe offers ballistic and mine protection 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 four, and mine protection as required by the customer.
Other features of the Mbombe 4 include a burst speed of 140km/h, a rear-door ramp design proven in combat on 6×6 and 8×8 IFVs, with the vehicle fully operational in winter conditions of -20˚C to desert conditions of +55˚C.