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Mbombe

Armored personnel carrier

Mbombe

The Mbombe armored vehicle withstands a 50 kg TNT blast at 5 meters

 
 
Entered service 2010
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 16 - 27 t
Length 7.72 m
Width 2.55 m
Height 2.34 m
Armament
Main gun 30-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed up to 100 km/h
Range 700 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 70%
Side slope 35%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 0.9 m

 

   The Mbombe armored personnel carrier was developed by Paramount Group of South Africa as a private venture. This company has significant experience developing and producing various mine resistant vehicle. The new vehicle is named after a legendary African warrior. The Mbombe was first revealed in 2010. Some sources claim that production of these vehicles commenced in 2010 and that it is in service with South African National Defense Forces. Also it is being proposed for export customers. In 2014 Jordan ordered 50 of these armored vehicles. Kazakhstan ordered a number of these armored vehicles, locally known as Barys. Since 2015 these will be license-produced in Kazakhstan.

   This armored vehicle is suitable for full spectrum of military operations ranging from conventional warfare, peacekeeping and counter-insurgency operations. The Mbombe is officially referred as an infantry fighting vehicle. However it is rather a well-armed armored personnel carrier or mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. The Mbombe is vulnerable to automatic cannons that most modern IFVs provide protection from.

   A baseline version of this armored vehicle provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. Add-on modular armor can be fitted for all-round protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. It is claimed that Mbombe also provides protection against RPG-7s anti-tank rockets.

   The Mbombe has improved protection against landmines and IED blasts. This APC has mine protection comparable with that of MRAP vehicles. It do not has a typical V-shaped hull, but instead has an innovative flat bottom hull. This new design allowed to reduce height of the vehicle comparing with traditional MRAP vehicles. The low silhouette offers a reduced target profile. Vehicle provides very high level of protection against mines. The Mbombe withstands a 10 kg TNT blast under any wheel or anywhere under the hull. Some sources claim that vehicle even withstands explosions equivalent to 14 kg of TNT under any wheel. Developers claim, that crew and troops will survive once the vehicle is hit by a roadside IED blast equivalent to 50 kg of TNT at 5 meters. This vehicle is better protected against landmines and IEDs than many current vehicles used by NATO forces.

   First vehicle has been fitted with a turret armed with a Russian 30-mm dual-fed cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. The same cannon is used on the BMP-2 IFV and some other Russian armored vehicles. Other manned or remotely-controlled turrets can be fitted.

   This armored vehicle has a crew of three and accommodates 8 troops. Crew and troops enter and leave the vehicle via the rear ramp. In case of emergency occupants can leave the vehicle via roof hatches, that are normally used for observation and launching anti-aircraft missiles.

   The Mbombe is powered by an unspecified turbocharged diesel engine, developing 450 hp. Engine is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Commercial automotive components are used wherever possible in order to reduce production and operating costs. A central tyre inflation system is fitted as standard. Vehicle has good cross-country performance due to its three axles and independent suspension. Also Mbombe can carry considerable loads without loosing mobility. Vehicle can be fitted with additional fuel tank for extended operational range. This vehicle can operate in climatic conditions up to +55C.

   Proposed versions of Mbombe include armored personnel carrier, wheeled infantry fighting vehicle, anti-tank missile carrier, mortar carrier, ambulance and command post vehicle.

 

Video of the Mbombe armored personnel carrier

 

 
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