Paramount's new Mbombe armoured vehicle makes its debut
© Reuse this
The Johannesburg-based Paramount Group has unveiled its new locally manufactured armoured vehicle, the Mbombe, providing protection against 50 kg of explosives at a distance of five metres.
Mbombe will also withstand the explosion of 10 kg of explosives anywhere under its hull or under any wheel station without rupture.
Mbombe is a high-mobility, three-axle, six-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle, with a mine-resistant honeycomb flat hull, rather than the traditional v-shape, which gives it a lower profile than typical vehicles in this segment.
“Named after a famed African warrior, we believe that with Mbombe, [the] Paramount Group has developed a groundbreaking new vehicle that will take the international market by storm,” says executive chairperson Ivor Ichikowitz.
Variants of the Mbombe include an armoured personnel carrier, an armoured combat vehicle mounting a heavy machine gun or autocannon, a command vehicle, an ambulance, as well as a number of other options.
“Mbombe is well suited for use in both conventional and non-conventional war, peacekeeping and counter-insurgency operations,” says Ichikowitz.
The Paramount Group has seen its sales increase by 20% year-on-year over the last five years, with the workforce more than doubling over the past 12 months. It currently employs around 300 people.
Its vehicle production facility is in Midrand.
“We have not supplied any vehicles to the South African government yet,” says Paramount Group CEO John Craig.
“We have only launched our first concept vehicle in 2007,” he adds.
Craig believes the African armoured vehicle market is growing.
“With African defence spending up nearly a third since the end of the Cold War, Africa is purchasing more defence and security systems.”
The Paramount Group has supplied Ghana with armoured vehicles as part of a deal to equip this country’s army. This fleet included old stock from the South African National Defence Force.
The group has also seen a number of its own armoured vehicles doing service in Congo (Brazzaville) and Gabon.
Craig says Paramount started doing business as a solutions company, which “we still do”.
He notes that the company is able to provide financing solutions to customers in need of its services or products.
“We largely provide this finance ourselves. We structure the payback period. This means we can provide a turnkey solution,” notes Craig.
“The world has finally discovered that Africa has some of the best technologies available worldwide at competitive prices. We have an amazing skills base, we are home to some of the best engineers in the world and they have developed technologies which are used globally and save lives every day,” he adds.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Automotive News
The government of St Helena (SHG) and its Department for International Development (DFID) on Friday appointed airline Comair as the provider of air services to St Helena with the Island’s first airport opening in 2016. Comair would offer a weekly Saturday service,...
The Department of Communications (DoC) digital terrestrial television (DTT) project team was accelerating its efforts to “revive” South Africa’s long anticipated transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. After a more than six-year delay, the next few weeks...
Residential property prices are forecast to grow at 7.2% this year, on the back of 6.72% growth in 2014.
Recent Research Reports
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
This Week's Magazine
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
The raw material for the pilot plant would be supplied from the dissolving wood pulp plants at Sappi’s Saiccor and Ngodwana mills, in South Africa, and the Cloquet mill, in the US
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments.
In many urban and rural municipalities, the state of infrastructure has been...
The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has suspended its transport services Chief Director Loyiso Marasela for alleged financial misconduct, MEC Ismail Vadi told the members of the legislature on Thursday. Vadi said his department has completed two separate...
Article contains comments
Tolling of South Africa’s national roads was essential to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the popular trade and holiday routes, special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire said on Wednesday. Bakwena, which was responsible for 385 km of roads...
Two new programmes set to start this month to revamp two of the busiest roads under special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire’s responsibility were expected to enhance traffic flow and road safety upon completion. The group, as part of its...