The State of Rio de Janeiro has awarded Paramount Group a tender for the supply of its Maverick Internal Security Vehicle. These vehicles will be used by the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) and the Shock Police Battalion (CHOQUE) within the Military Police, as well as by the Co-ordination of Special Resources (CORE) battalion of the Civil Police.
“Brazil is one of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world, and in order to achieve its potential the Government has realised that it has to equip its security forces with the most advanced equipment in order to protect significant investment in its infrastructure and citizens,” said Ivor Ichikowitz, the Executive Chairman of Paramount Group. “Paramount is very proud to have been selected to support the Government in this important role and is looking forward to being part of the growth of this dynamic country.”
Paramount said the Maverick won the international tender after a lengthy and vigorous set of technical evaluations, practical field testing and a competitive and transparent procurement process that was open to both domestic and international manufacturers.
Rio de Janeiro will host the World Cup and Olympics over the next few years. The equipment to be supplied by Paramount will play a critical role in the security infrastructure for both these events, the company said in a statement.
“Brazil is an inspiration to the world and more specifically to other BRICS nations, and Paramount is very excited to be a part of the remarkable vision of the Brazilian leadership and pleased to be giving economic substance to the very positive political relationships that have been developed between Brazil and South Africa both through BRICS and bilaterally,” Ichikowitz said.
“This award is a very important step in consolidating Paramount’s focus on the Latin America market and will lead to a growth in business for both Paramount and South Africa in this region,” Paramount said. The company is currently exhibiting at the LAAD defence exhibition in Brazil.
The 10 000 kg Maverick vehicle completed development in 2008. It has a payload of 5 000 kg and can carry ten people in addition to the two crewmembers. Various turret and weapon system options are available, such as a water cannon or machinegun turret, as well as banks of electrically operated grenade launchers. Paramount offers the Maverick in a variety of models, including Command, Surveillance, Explosive Ordnance, Armoured Ambulance and VIP Transporter. A 221 kW Cummins diesel engine provides the 4×4 vehicle with a top speed of 100-120 km/h.
The vehicle features a double-skin monocoque welded steel hull and is protected against 7.62×51 mm bullets and 155 mm high explosive air bursts (at 60 m). The floor is protected against shrapnel munitions such as M26 hand grenades and firebombs and can be fitted with an external fire extinguisher system.