Paramount Group, The Armored Group announce strategic alliance to promote complete portfolio of armoured vehicles at AAD 2016


The companies have formed a strategic alliance to promote a complete portfolio of armoured vehicles at AAD 2016.

Paramount Group today announced a strategic alliance with The Armored Group (TAG) to promote a complete portfolio of armoured vehicles for military, civilian, commercial and law enforcement purposes for selected markets around the world.

The strategic alliance combines the best of defence and security technologies and was announced at the Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo (AAD 2016), at Waterkloof Air Force Base, South Africa.

TAG is a leading American builder of armoured personnel carriers (APC), SWAT tactical vehicles, personal protection vehicles and cash-in-transit vehicles for law enforcement and commercial clients. TAG also offers the up-armouring of Toyota Land Cruisers, Toyota Hiluxes, and other commercial vehicles, a capability in high demand across the African continent for government and law enforcement.

Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace company, produces highly advanced, mine-protected infantry combat vehicles (ICVs) for militaries globally. Incorporating the engineering “lessons-learned” on vehicle and soldier survivability, from asymmetrical conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, their line of vehicles is among the most advanced in the world.

“This strategic alliance represents each company’s ambition to provide our clients with the most complete armoured vehicle portfolio possible – ranging from civilian, to law enforcement, to military solutions. TAG’s highly respected products and capabilities are a natural enhancement to our offerings, and we can jointly promote a comprehensive, world-class portfolio to our clients,” said Ivor Ichikowitz, founder and executive chairman of Paramount Group. “Likewise, our relationship with TAG, which has an excellent, long-standing track record in North and South America, will allow us to better market our products into those regions.”

Robert Pazderka, president of The Armored Group, said: “Our customers trust us to provide the best armoured vehicle solutions, and through this strategic alliance, we offer the most comprehensive range of vehicles on the market. Our armouring of commercial vehicles offers the finest ballistic protection in its class available today, and by collaborating with Paramount Group, we can promote an unrivalled offering of vehicles across the commercial, defence and security industries.”

TAG’s clients include the US Army and the US government, multinational companies, including BAE, G4S and Exxon Mobile, as well as foreign governments. All the vehicles it manufactures meet or exceed US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), and they have extensive production facilities in Canada, Dubai and Detroit. TAG’s American client and manufacturing base also provides Paramount with further access to the US Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies. In turn, Paramount Group offers TAG access to its significant and well-established markets in Africa, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe. This alliance to target selected markets together will offer the respective companies’ clients an end-to-end solution for civilian, law enforcement, and military armoured vehicles.