Add-on armour now available for Mbombe 4


Paramount Group has announced that new add-on armour has been developed for its Mbombe 4 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), pushing it up to full NATO Stanag 4569 Level 3 ballistic protection.

Designed to be quickly replaceable in the field, the add-on armour provides a lightweight shielding system that adds the least possible weight to the vehicle while providing maximum security against multi-hit ballistic threats, artillery shell fragments, and close proximity IED explosions, Paramount said. The design includes the same full levels of protection for the engine and engine bay, without decreasing the effectiveness of the engine cooling system.

The Mbombe 4 received its final certification after successfully completing a series of certified blast tests designed and executed by the Landward Sciences division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In the case of the Mbombe 4, blast tests included two 10 kg TNT explosions under the wheels and the hull, and one 50 kg side blast test carried out at a 5 metre distance to simulate an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), equating to STANAG 4569 Level 4a and Level 4b mine and blast certification.

Paramount said the Mbombe 4 was designed and developed specifically for local manufacturing within customer countries and in response to the increasing requirement from governments for the development of their own defence industrial capabilities. The vehicle was first launched onto the global market in 2019. Since then it has successfully completed a series of trials with several armed forces around the world, securing orders from the United Arab Emirates and a partnership with India’s Bharat Forge for the in-country production of its localised variant, the Kalyani M4, for the Indian Army.

The Mbombe 4 is the result of “decades of real-world battlefield experience and the company’s commitment to perpetual innovation,” Paramount Group’s Land Systems Executive Chairman, John Craig stated.

Key features of Mbombe 4 include flat-floor mine protection technologies and a distinct, rear-door ramp design. The vehicle has a burst speed of 140 km/h and a range of 800 km. Paramount said positioning the powerpack at the front of the vehicle and along its centre line results in greater efficiency in the transfer of power from the powerpack to the wheels. The in-line configuration has additional benefits, such as ease of maintenance and low noise in the crew compartments.

The Mbombe 4×4 draws on the heritage of the Mbombe 8×8, launched in 2016, and the Mbombe 6×6, which is in service. Commonality of components (roughly 70%) across the entire Mbombe family of armoured vehicles lessens the costs associated with support, repairs and training, Paramount maintains.