A great video of South African Military off road vehicles. The Mbombe is a mine-protected, high-mobility armoured fighting vehicle produced by Paramount Group from South Africa that was launched in 2010. “Mbombe” is named after an African warrior.
The Mbombe’s unladen weight is 16 tonnes. Its maximum combat weight is 27 tonnes with a crew of 11. It has 6×6 wheel drive for use on different kinds of terrain. Its maximum speed is 100 km/h; its range is 700 km.
The Mbombe has a 300 kW Cummins ISBe4 diesel engine and an Allison 6 speed automatic transmission.
The Mbombe hull meets STANAG 4569 Level 4, which means the vehicle can withstand a 10 kg TNT blast under its hull or any wheel station. As standard, the Mbombe can protect its crew against Rocket-propelled grenades, while additional modules protect against IEDs, up to 50 kg TNT at 5 metres.
The Mbombe is armed with a heavy machine gun or an autocannon. The Mbombe can be fitted with day and night vision equipment.
The Mbombe can be configured as an Armoured Personnel Carrier, Combat Vehicle, Command Vehicle or ambulance.
Type Armoured Infantry Vehicle
Place of origin South Africa
Manufacturer Paramount Group
Weight Curb: 16,000 kg
Combat: 27,000 kg
Armor Ballistic protection: STANAG 4569 level IV (Crew Protection against 14.5 HMG attacks) and mine blast protection: STANAG 4569 Level IV and RPG (10 kg of TNT under hull), anti-tank mine
Engine Cummins ISBe4 Turbo Diesel (336kW (450 hp) and 16000N Turbo Diesel)
Ground clearance 430 mm
700km (435 mi)
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) comprises the armed forces of South Africa. The commander of the SANDF is appointed by the President of South Africa from one of the armed services. They are in turn accountable to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Defence Department.
The military as it exists today was created in 1994, following South Africa’s first post-apartheid national elections and the adoption of a new constitution. It replaced the South African Defence Force.
The SANDF took over the personnel and equipment from the SADF and integrated forces from the former Bantustan homelands forces,:5 as well as personnel from the former guerrilla forces of some of the political parties involved in South Africa, such as the African National Congress’s Umkhonto we Sizwe, the Pan Africanist Congress’s Azanian People’s Liberation Army and the Self-Protection Units of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
As of 2004, the integration process was considered complete, with retaining personnel, structure, and equipment from the SADF. However, due to integration problems, financial constraints, and other issues, the SANDF faced capability constraints.”
The South African Commando System was a civil militia active until 2008, based upon local units from the size of company to battalion. In its final years its role was to support the South African Police Service during internal operations. During such deployments the units came under SAPS control.
According to the Defence Ministry’s 2014 Defence Review, the SANDF is “in a critical state of decline”.
Main article: South African Arms Deal
In 1999, a R30 billion (US$4.8 billion) purchase of weaponry by the South African Government was finalised, which has been subject to allegations of corruption.
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