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Paramount Marauder


4-Wheeled Mine-Resistant Armored Vehicle


South Africa | 2009



"The Paramount Marauder is a multi-role platform with proven mine-resistant qualities based on South African military combat experience."



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Paramount Group of South Africa includes its Marauder product as part of a new generation of all-terrain, wheeled armored vehicles to cover various military, security and general policing roles. The vehicle is clearly recognized as a robust and reliable performer, capable of being modified and adapted to a variety of battlefield forms to suit a particular role. The design benefits from decades of South African Army experience in fighting against both regular and irregular forces.

The overall design is basic with a four-wheeled arrangement being used in the base model. The engine is fitted to a forward compartment with the driver and front passenger directly aft of the installation. Aft of them is a passenger area that can seat up to eight combat-ready infantrymen or up to 4,500 kilograms of cargo. Protection and mine resistance is offered through the standard armor scheme with "uparmoring" of the vehicle being optional. The weapons fit - depending on the required role - is as flexible as the chassis itself ranging from basic small arms to larger caliber weapons and even compact missile launchers. Other optional equipment allows for day-night operation. A stretched chassis variant increases internal space to allow for more passengers or a greater cargo hauling capability to be achieved (a third axle is introduced for a 6x6 wheel arrangement). An inherent high ground clearance gives the Marauder excellent cross-country capabilities.

Power is derived from either a Cummins ISBe4-300 series diesel-fueled engine developing 300 horsepower or a MAN D0836LOH diesel unit of 240 horsepower. This provides the Marauder with a range out to 700 kilometers and road speeds reaching over 100 kilometers per hour.

As a mine-resistant vehicle, the Marauder is built to withstand up to 8 kilograms of TNT under the hull and up to 14 kilograms of force under each tire. Each crewman and passenger sit on anti-blast seats to help cushion occupants from blasts occurring under or to the side of the vehicle. Furthermore the cabin is completed with a double-skinned spaced armor arrangement for up to STANAG Level 3 protection. Vision screens and blocks are bullet resistant as well to help control the spray of shattered glass against the occupants.

The vehicle can fulfill a variety of roles that include patrolling, crowd control, quick-reaction force support, force protection, convoy protection, reconnaissance, battlefield ambulance, mortar carrier, governmental / VIP security and special forces / police support. Its standard dimensions allow the system to also be air-transported in the belly of a Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" hauler (or similar fixed-wing aircraft) or be airlifted by a Boeing CH-47 "Chinook" tandem rotor transport helicopter (or similar).

The popular BBC show "Top Gear" rated the Marauder as "The World's Most Unstoppable Vehicle" - such was its impression on the presenters.

To date, the Marauder has been taken on by the forces of Algeria, Azerbaijan, Congo, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Oman, and Singapore. However, no major global power has introduced the type limiting production to about 250 units total.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Paramount Marauder Mk.I 4-Wheeled Mine-Resistant Armored Vehicle.
1 x Cummins ISBe4-300 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine developing up to 300 horsepower OR 1 x MAN D0836LOH diesel engine of 240 horsepower.
Installed Power
75 mph
120 kph
Road Speed
435 miles
700 km
Range
Structure
The physical qualities of the Paramount Marauder Mk.I 4-Wheeled Mine-Resistant Armored Vehicle.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
21.1 ft
6.44 meters
O/A Length
8.7 ft
2.66 meters
O/A Width
9.0 ft
2.745 meters
O/A Height
39,683 lb
18,000 kg | 19.8 tons
Weight
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Paramount Marauder 4-Wheeled Mine-Resistant Armored Vehicle.
Variable: Weapon station suits 7.62mm to 20mm weapon caliber types.
AMMUNITION:
Dependent upon armament fit.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Nightvision - YES - OPTIONAL.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES - OPTIONAL.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Paramount Marauder family line.
Marauder - Base Series Name; base variant.
Marauder Mk.I - Initial production model.
Marauder Mk.II - Production offering of 2022; enhanced crew capability and performance; manufacturing efficiency.
Marauder Patrol Pick-Up (PPU) - Flat bed variant.
Marauder Patrol Police (PP) - Security-minded variant.
Marauder Mortar Carrier (MC) - Morar carrier variant.
Marauder Ambulance (AMB) - Ambulance form.
Marauder APC - Armored Personnel Carrier form.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Paramount Marauder. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 250 Units

Contractor(s): Paramount Group - South Africa
National flag of Algeria National flag of Azerbaijan National flag of Jordan National flag of Kazakhstan National flag of Oman National flag of Singapore

[ Algeria; Azerbaijan; Congo; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Malawi; Oman; Singapore ]
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Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
INFANTRY SUPPORT
ARMOR CAR / SECURITY
RECONNAISSANCE
UTILITY
SPECIAL PURPOSE
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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