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Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

Ivema Gila

The IVEMA Gila is well suited for asymmetric warfare and counter insurgency operations

Entered service 2007
Crew 2 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 12 - 13.6 t
Length 6.39 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.75 m
Engine Daimler-Chrysler diesel
Engine power 215 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Range 850 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 0.85 m
Fording 0.95 m


   The IVEMA Gila mine protected vehicle was developed in South Africa as a private venture. It was aimed both at domestic market and export customers. The Gila is similar to Casspir, which was developed over 30 years ago, however it is a more modern design with a number of advanced features. Vehicle was first publicly revealed in 2006. The Gila has undergone various testing programs in South Africa, South America and the Middle East. These mine protected vehicles were delivered to the first undisclosed customer, presumably Nigeria, in 2007. Currently it is in service with seven African countries.

   The IVEMA Gila is well suited for asymmetric warfare, counter insurgency operations, urban military policing, rapid response operations and border patrol. Baseline version of the Gila is an armored personnel carrier.

   The Gila has a steel armor hull with a V-shaped floor, which divert the landmine blasts from the hull. Axles and suspension are mounted externally. This mine protected vehicle withstands a 14 kg TNT blast (two anti-tank mines) anywhere under the hull. During field trials it survived blasts in excess of 19 kg of TNT. Baseline armor provides protection against 7.62-mm NATO ball rounds. Add-on armor kit provides protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds.

   The Gila mine protected vehicle is optionally fitted with a light turret, which accommodates 7.62-mm, 12.7-mm machine guns, or 20-mm cannon. There is also a rear roof-mounted gun ring, which accommodates 7.62-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher.

   The IVEMA Gila has a crew of two and carries 9 troops. Occupants are seated on individual seats. Troops and crew members enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors or roof hatches. Firing ports are provided for the troops on either side of the hull with associated observation windows. There are also two firing ports on the rear doors.

   The Gila is powered by a Daimler-Chrysler (Mercedes-Benz) turbocharged diesel engine, developing 215 hp. Engine is coupled with an automatic transmission. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. The Gila is fitted with a central tyre pressure system as standard, which is adjusted on the move from the driver's station to suit various types of terrain. It is equipped with run-flat tyres. This mine protected vehicle uses a number of modern commercially available automotive components. It is worth mentioning, that Gila is repairable in field conditions. After a 14 kg TNT blast it can be fixed and ready for action within one hour, using recovery vehicle and prepared components. Engine and transmission are built in one module and can be removed and replaced in less than an hour. This mine protected vehicle can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules tactical aircraft.

   Proposed variants of the Gila include an armored ambulance, missile carrier, mortar carrier, electronic warfare vehicle, battlefield re-supply vehicle, command post vehicle.


Video of the IVEMA Gila mine resistant ambush protected vehicle


Ivema Gila

Ivema Gila

Ivema Gila

Ivema Gila

Ivema Gila

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