DCD unveils Oribi high mobility truck at AAD

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DCD Protected Mobility has unveiled its new Oribi medium sized utility truck (MUT) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in Pretoria today. The vehicle is designed for both the civil and military markets and has already attracted interested customers.

The vehicle is designed and manufactured as part of a joint venture between medium to heavy duty vehicle customisation expert Histomart and DCD Protected Mobility and has been designed to have a balance between off-road capability, on-road comfort and operational efficiency.

DCD Protected Mobility general manager Andrew Mears said the Oribi offers a significant level of terrain clearance and an unrivalled ability to climb steep terrain. “It can operate on rails, tar roads and in severe off-road conditions. These features make the vehicle ideal for numerous industries; ranging from military and security, to agriculture, construction and mining.”

The Oribi can carry a three-ton payload and cover rough terrain with a maximum summit angle of 35 degrees, a maximum surmountable slope of 45 degrees, a front approach angle of 48 degrees, a rear approach angle of 44 degrees and a maximum fording depth of 900 mm.

Histomart executive director Idah Mabaso said the Oribi is particularly well-suited to the harsh African terrain. “With a fully innovative cab structure, the Oribi is built on sheer strength, with the principle of driver and passenger protection from the ground up. The Oribi is mechanically advanced, highly robust, and is considerably more agile than common off-road vehicles,” she stated.
“In addition to being the perfect troop carrier, the Oribi can also be configured into a pilot rescue vehicle, a logistic support vehicle, a command and control vehicle, a reconnaissance vehicle, a water and fuel bowser vehicle, as well as an armoured vehicle for multiple uses.”

Mears said the Oribi is a Unimog at half the price. He hopes the South African National Defence Force will select the vehicle for things like border patrol.

For non-military uses the Oribi can be used as a cargo vehicle, a field service vehicle to an ambulance, a fire fighting vehicle, or as a riot control vehicle. Commercially, it can be converted into a game viewing vehicle, a camper vehicle, a utility vehicle, as well as a leisure vehicle for towing a boat.

Rob King. Managing Director at DCD Group, said the concept for the vehicle came about when DCD realised the need for a support vehicle – its Husky armoured vehicle is highly mobile, but the support vehicles behind it weren’t.

Mears said the Oribi truck range would be grown depending on demand, and may be fitted with 6×6 and 8×8 drivetrains in the future. Much of this demand is expected to be from the civil sector but Mabaso said most interest generated so far has been from military users. She said that there is interest in 200 vehicles and that production can begin in six to eight months. Most potential customers are from Africa.
“I anticipate demand to rise, as the Oribi is an all-in-one utility vehicle solution to numerous industries across the vast and rapidly developing African market, which requires a reliable offering that achieves optimal performance, even in the most hostile environments,” she said.

Mears noted that the Histomart and DCD Protected Mobility joint venture was initiated in mid-2013. The Oribi is adapted entirely in-house at the DCD Protected Mobility production facility based in Johannesburg.

DCD Protected Mobility also launched its Testudo Multi-Track Machine (MTM) at AAD, which is designed for reconnaissance missions, mapping of unsafe areas, mine surveying and search and rescue operations.