Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik unveils new Mk III armoured vehicle


Namibian company Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik (WMF) has unveiled its new Mk III mine-protected armoured personnel carrier, which will enter production in January next year.

The vehicle made its public debut at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show last month, alongside the exhibition debut of WMF’s Marrua 4×4. WMF partnered with Brazil’s Agrale to assemble Agrale vehicles in 2011.

Brigadier General (Rtd) J V Auala, CEO of the Ministry of Defence’s August 26 Holding Company, of which WMF is a subsidiary, said the Mk III vehicle is relatively light and thus versatile and was developed in response to requests for a lighter armoured vehicle. Development began less than a year ago. The Mk III is currently undergoing trials ahead of production beginning in January 2015. It has yet to be given an official name other than the Mk III.

Auala said that the company’s vehicles had attracted attention at AAD 2014 and that the Mk III had received an “overwhelming” reception. At least one country is very interested in acquiring the type.

WMF’s other armoured vehicles, the Werewolf Mk I and Mk II, weight 13 tons while the new Mk III weights around nine tons and can accommodate two plus eight people. It features Level 4 mine and ballistic protection. The Mk III is based on Iveco driveline components and service infrastructure.

WMF said the vehicle has been designed in a modular fashion so that it can be adapted for various missions and body layouts such as ambulance, mobile workshop and logistics. It is powered by a 6 cylinder Tector diesel engine developing 176 kW. The vehicle’s mass is 8 600 kg empty and gross vehicle mass is 14 000 kg.

The Werewolf Mk II is still being manufactured and has been sold in Namibia and other countries.

In addition to armoured vehicles, WMF also offers a range of tractors, trucks and other vehicles from Brazil.