Paramount Group has confirmed that five sovereign nations have selected its Mbombe 4 Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) to equip their Armed Forces with advanced armored vehicle innovations and technologies.
Since its debut at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2019 in Abu Dhabi, the Mbombe 4 has generated significant levels of interest from Armed Forces demanding next-generation survivability, mobility and toughness.
The ‘Ultimate Warrior’ Mbombe 4 is currently in production in Africa and Asia, with more than 150 vehicles either being manufactured or on order for global delivery or deployment.
The Mbombe 4 ‘S’, a special regional variant, is equipped with the latest mission-critical technologies for optimal desert performance, enabling the vehicle to excel in punitive desert climates and conditions.
In assessing the resiliency of manufacturing and defense supply chains globally, today highly susceptible to external shocks, Paramount Group CEO Steve Griessel, suggests that the portable production of interoperable platforms such as the Mbombe 4 can play a key role in creating defense industrial bases from entirely within partner countries: “The Mbombe 4 and its evolutionary capabilities reflect world-beating innovation, affordability and importantly, homegrown production opportunity, which has enabled our manufacturing expertise to be replicated on a global scale. Having implemented our local production model in several locations around the world, we are in a unique position to offer industry partners and governments the capability to set up local manufacturing facilities, transfer skills and technologies, and start production of vehicles in less than a year. The Mbombe 4, like all our other technology platforms, has been designed from the outset for production within customer countries. This is a key requirement from governments looking to strengthen their indigenous defense industrial capabilities.”
Manufactured with a unique clean-sheet design and equipped with the latest technologies mission-critical to address the asymmetrical challenges of the modern battlefield, the platform provides very high degrees of both ballistic and mine protection (crew compartment STANAG 4569-Level 3, blast protection STANAG 4569-Level 4a & 4b, protections recognized under a NATO standardization agreement that institutes world-leading benchmarks for occupant security) and independently verified protections against a 50kg TNT side blast or roadside bomb.
Newly tested and certified add-on armor and a lightweight shielding system developed by Paramount Group increases the Mbombe 4’s protection to cover all Level 3 threats within NATO STANAG 4569, offering some of the highest levels of protection that can be achieved globally by an armored vehicle in its class in the process.
The 16 tons Mbombe 4 can be equipped with various weapon systems and loaded with ammunition, crew, and supplies. Other key features of the Mbombe 4, include a burst speed of 140km/hr, allowing for exceptional levels of mobility. The platform also hosts industry-distinct flat floor mine protections and a rear-door ramp design which ensures the rapid deployment of the crew while the vehicle is static or on the move.
“Paramount Group believes in global partnerships. The Mbombe 4 has offered our partners and customers in-country, production of best-in-class technologies with the prospect of localized high-skills training and job creation, fundamental to enhancing any nation’s modern defense capabilities, now and in future,” Griessel concluded.