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Mbombe 6
Mbombe-infanteriegevegsvoertuig, Waterkloof Lugmagbasis.jpg
Mbombe 6 anti-armour variant, armed with Ingwe missile
Type Armoured Infantry Combat Vehicle
Place of origin South Africa
Production history
Manufacturer Paramount Group
Produced 2010–present
Specifications
Weight Curb: 17,300 kg
Combat: 22,500 kg
Length 7,715 mm (303.7 in)
Width 2,800 mm (110.2 in)
Height 2,549 mm (100.4 in)
Crew 2+1+8

Armor Ballistic protection: CERN level B7 or STANAG 4569 level 3 (Crew Protection against 7.62 mm MG attacks). Flat bottom blast-protected hull, mine blast protection: STANAG 4569 Level IV and RPG (10 kg of TNT under hull), anti-tank mine. Withstand 50 kg TNT side blast.
Primary
armament
Roof hatch can be installed with any armament up 30 mm gun
Engine Cummins ISBe4 Turbo Diesel (336kW (450 hp) and 16000N Turbo Diesel)
Transmission Automatic transmission
Ground clearance 365-430 mm
Operational
range
1,000 km (620 mi)
Speed 110km/h (tire dependent)

The Mbombe 6 is a mine-protected, high-mobility armoured fighting vehicle produced by Paramount Group from South Africa[1] that was launched in 2010. "Mbombe" is named after an African warrior.[2][3]

Vehicle specifications

The Mbombe 6's unladen weight is 16 tonnes. Its maximum combat weight is 27 tonnes with a crew of 11. It has 6x6 wheel drive for use on different kinds of terrain. Its maximum speed is 100 km/h; its range is 700 km.[4][5]

The Mbombe 6 has a 300 kW Cummins ISBe4 diesel engine and an Allison 6 speed automatic transmission.[6]

Armour

The Mbombe 6 hull meets STANAG 4569 Level 4, which means the vehicle can withstand a 10 kg TNT blast under its hull or any wheel station. As standard, the Mbombe 6 can protect its crew against Rocket-propelled grenades, while additional modules protect against IEDs, up to 50 kg TNT at 5 metres.[7][8]

Armament

The Mbombe 6 is armed with a heavy machine gun or an autocannon. The Mbombe 6 can be fitted with day and night vision equipment.[9]

Functions

The Mbombe 6 can be configured as an Armoured Personnel Carrier, Combat Vehicle, Command Vehicle or ambulance.[10][11][12]

Operators

Map with Mbombe operators in blue


  •  Jordan: 50 on order.[13]
  •  Kazakhstan[14]
  •  Libya: Unknown number delivered to Libya from Jordan in 2019.[15]

Variants

Official variant:[16]

  • APC
  • Armoured ambulance
  • Infantry fire support vehicle
  • Anti-armour fire support vehicle

Kalyani M4

The Kalyani M4 is a prototype developed by India's Kalyani Group.[17][18]

References

  1. "Shepard". http://www.shephard.co.uk/news/landwarfareintl/aad-2010-mbombe-brings-a-bang-to-aad/7211. 
  2. "AAD Exhibition". http://www.aadexpo.co.za/. 
  3. "SA Venues". http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=137. 
  4. Army Recognition
  5. Brahmand
  6. Army Recognition
  7. "Shepard". http://www.shephard.co.uk/news/7211/. [dead link]
  8. Engineering News
  9. vpo_Paramount Group (21 September 2010). "Defence Web". http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9835:paramount-unveils-mbombe-ied-protected-armoured-vehicle&Itemid=105. 
  10. Defence Update Archived 12 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. Brahmand
  12. "Strategic Defence Intelligence". http://www.strategicdefenceintelligence.com/article/5rAUU6CwpQQ/2010/09/22/paramount_launches_mbombe_armoured_vehicle/?prepare=print. 
  13. Guy Martin (15 May 2014). "ADI to manufacture full range of Paramount armoured vehicles". http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34662:adi-to-manufacture-full-range-of-paramount-armoured-vehicles&catid=50:Land&Itemid=105. 
  14. "Mbombe Armored Personnel Carrier". http://www.military-today.com/apc/mbombe.htm. 
  15. "Jordanian armoured vehicles spotted in Libya". 28 May 2019. https://www.defenceweb.co.za/land/land-land/jordanian-armoured-vehicles-spotted-in-libya/. 
  16. "Mbombe: Revolutionary low-profile infantry fighting vehicle". http://www.paramountgroup.com/capabilities/land/mbombe-6/. 
  17. Chopra, Vijay (5 February 2020). "'Mobile armour will thwart Pulwama repeat'" (in en). https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/mobile-armour-will-thwart-pulwama-repeat/articleshow/73945731.cms. 
  18. Bhattacharyya, Shamik (2020-11-12). "Kalyani M4: Step Towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat" (in en-US). https://www.defencexp.com/kalyani-m4-step-towards-aatmanirbhar-bharat/. 

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