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Fact file: Mfezi armoured ambulance

Type:                                     
Mine protected armoured ambulance.
Numbers:              
132, but only 40% in service, one beyond economical repair.
Manufacturer:                                      
BAE Systems Land Systems OMC.
Dimensions
·        Length:                                         
·        Width:                                           
·        Height:                                          
·         Wheel base:                                
·         Ground clearance:                       
 
 
·         6.56m.            
·         2.48m.
·         3.03m.
·         3.91m.
·         0.35m (depending on axles).
 
Mass
·         Tare:                                              
·         Payload:                                        
·         GVM:                                             
 
·         12.4mt.
·         3.6mt.
·         16mt.
Seating:                                 
Driver, two orderlies.
Litters:   
 
Two with two stretchers, meaning four patients can be carried prone.
Fuel:                                      
400 litres.
Water for crew:                                    
 
Protection levels
·         Ballistic:                                        
·         Mine:                             
 
 
·         Proof against 7.62x51mm NATO Ball.
·         Will survive 3 x TM57/21kg TNT under any wheel, 2 x TM57/14kg TNT under hull.
Performance:
·         Top speed:                   
·         Range on single refuelling:
·         Acceleration:                               
·         Turning circle:             
·         Ground pressure:                        
·         Power/mass ratio:                        
·         Can climb a __ vertical step:     
·         Can cross a __ wide trench:      
·         Can ford water __ deep:             
·         Can climb a gradient of __ deg:
·         Can traverse a gradient of __ deg:               
 
·         90km/h.
·         1000km (road), 300km (cross country).
·         -
·         19m.
·         -
·         -
·         0.6m.
·         1.06m.
·         1.2m.
·         70.
 
·         18
Drive train
·         Engine:                          
·         Transmission:                              
·         Transfer Box:                               
 
·         ADE 449T 9.51 litre 5-cylinder diesel, 184kW @ 2100 rpm.
·         ZF S6-90 synchromesh, six forward, one reverse.
·         Two-speed pneumatic.
Variants:               
None but several, including APC, were proposed.                       
Armament:            
 
None fitted as standard. Four gun ports on each side and two in rear doors for self defence. Co-driver`s position can also be equipped with MG firing through a gimbal mount in front window.
Comment:
A superb vehicle, now regrettably coming to end of its working life. Its ability to continue despite battle damage and ease of repair after even massive anti-tank mine blasts are legendary – largely because of its v-shaped monoque, chassis-less hull and 52mm windows.
 
 
 
 

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