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Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik (WMF) is a Namibian defense contractor located in Windhoek, Namibia and operated by the Namibian Defence Force. WMF designs and manufactures monocoque V-hull armoured combat vehicles. WMF is responsible for the armoured bodywork fabrication while engines, transmissions and axles are built by MAN.

History[]

Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik was founded in 1939. It later provided equipment for the South African Defence Force and South West African Territorial Force. In 1977 WMF began manufacturing Mine Protected Vehicles. After the Independence of Namibia from South Africa in 1989, WMF was nationalized. The company functions as a subsidiary of Namibian Defence Force. Currently Victor Simunja is the Managing Director.

WMF Products[]

WMF performs the following services:

  • armouring of plant and construction machinery
  • Refurbishing of other armoured vehicles such as the Casspir.

WMF produces the following 4x4 Mine protected vehicles (MPV)

  • Wolf I,
  • Wolf II,
  • Wolf Turbo III - at 14 tons,
  • WerWolf Mk 1 and Mk II - at 10 tons.

Humanitarian Engineering and Consulting (HEC), the R&D branch for MgM, has designed a special series of WerWolf called the HEC-Wolf, which specifically supports the requirements of Humanitarian Demining operations. The HEC-Wolf is somewhat de-militarized in that it cannot carry the wide range of weapons which normally are associated with this vehicle.[1]

Users[]

WMFs customers are:

  • Namibian Defence Force
  • United Nations agencies,
  • Humanitarian agencies such as:
    • Red Cross,
    • Doctors Without Borders
    • Stiftung Menschen gegen Minen e. V. better known as MgM
  • selected Film Makers and TV Crews.

Location[]

  • Physical address

13 Bessemer Street,

Southern Industrial Area

Windhoek, Namibia

  • Postal Address:

P.O. Box 5013

Windhoek, Namibia

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