Paramount Group has unveiled its new highly protected utility vehicle Marauder Patrol at the ongoing Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012 (AAD 12) exhibition in Tshwane, South Africa.
Developed from commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) driveline components, the Marauder Patrol is a ballistically-protected vehicle designed for use as an agile and quick response platform by military, police and Special Forces personnel in challenging environments.
Paramount Group Business Development director Miles Chambers said the vehicle would be suitable for conducting patrol-type missions on and offroad due to high levels of protection, together with unprecedented mobility and supportability.
"As governments seek to cope with a range of new security challenges, it is vehicles such as this that give them the flexibility to respond to a variety of threats without having to rely on more expensive or aggressive looking large scale armoured vehicles," Chambers said.
Displaying a deliberate non-aggressive appearance, Marauder Patrol is suitable for operations in sensitive environments, and offers STANAG Level 1 ballistic protection against shell fragments and 7.62mm and 5.56mm bullet rounds.
Customers can also benefit from an additional option for increasing the protection to STANAG Level 2 without modifying the vehicle’s performance.
It is available in either a five-door sport utility vehicle (SUV) or a four-door double cab pick-up variant, capable of carrying a maximum of nine and five passengers respectively.
Both the models feature plenty of space for accommodating tools, medical supplies and communications equipment, and are provided with optional extras of run-flat tyre inserts, communications systems, add-on armour, weapons stations, as well as automatic transmission.
Paramount said the new vehicle was based on its previous Marauder armoured, mine-protected vehicle, developed for reconnaissance and peacekeeping missions.
Image: Marauder armoured vehicle being paraded during Azerbaijan Army Day. Photo: courtesy of Sevda Babayeva.