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Mbombe 4 APC (Image: Paramount Group)

The United States based Paramount Group has won a contract to provide next generation armoured personnel carrier, Mbombe 4, to the UAE Army.

The company won the contract on the first day of IDEX military 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi. The Mbombe 4 is based on Mbombe 8x8, now in production following its launch in 2016, and the Mbombe 6x6, which has entered service. The Mbombe 4x4 completes the Mbombe family of combat vehicles, the company said in a statement Monday.

The platform offers ballistic and mine protection (e.g. crew compartment STANAG 4569-Level 3, blast protection STANAG 4569-Level 4a & 4b) and protection against a 50kg TNT side blast or IED/roadside bomb. Its applique armour packages can provide ballistic protection (up to level 4) and mine protection as required by the customer.

Other key features of the Mbombe 4 include a burst speed of 140km/hr, rear-door ramp design on 6x6 and 8x8 IFVs, with the vehicle fully operational in winter conditions of -20 Celsius to desert conditions of +55 Celsius. The 16 tonnes Mbombe 4 provides a payload of nearly three tonnes, encapsulating weapon systems, ammunition, crew and supplies.

The Mbombe 4 has been designed to accommodate a wide range of payloads and turrets. The onboard mission computer and interface system is able to integrate with both Western and Eastern-made weapon systems. The vehicle is further fitted with the latest generation navigational, crew comfort and security systems, with examples including a driver-assist camera system, winterisation kit, vehicle location and tracking systems, a NATO standard tow-hitch, radios and intercoms systems and a Central Tyre Inflation System (CTIS).

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