The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Defence has selected the Mbombe 4 next-generation armoured personnel carrier (APC).

Developed by global defence and aerospace company Paramount Group, the new Mbombe 4 APC has been unveiled at IDEX 2019 defence and security expo in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Paramount Group founder and executive chairman Ivor Ichikowitz said: “The UAE is one of the most sophisticated procurement markets of defence equipment in the world. We are very privileged that our newly launched next-generation armoured vehicle has been selected by the UAE’s Armed Forces.

“We are very proud of our strong partnership and are committed to strengthening this long into the future. We are dedicated to developing advanced defence capabilities and next-generation technologies, which will support our regional partners.”

Weighing 16 tonnes, the Mbombe 4 is equipped with a driver-assist camera system, winterisation kit, vehicle location and tracking systems, a Nato standard tow-hitch, radios and intercoms systems, and a central tyre inflation system (CTIS).

“The Mbombe 4×4 can be deployed in support of operations such as conventional and asymmetric warfare, counter-terrorism and peacekeeping missions.”

The vehicle’s design allows integration of several payloads and turrets in addition to its different levels of protection, mobility and flexibility.

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It offers a range of ballistic and mine protection such as crew compartment STANAG 4569-Level 3 protection, STANAG 4569-Level 4a and 4b blast protection, as well as defence against a 50kg TNT side blast or improvised explosive device (IED) / roadside bomb.

Ichikowitz said: “Mbombe 4 was designed and developed specifically for local manufacturing in customer countries in response to specific market requirements.

“Paramount specialises in the creation of portable manufacturing facilities through technology and skills transfer, resulting in new local capabilities and sustainable jobs, proven to not only benefit local defence industrial capabilities but economic diversification and growth. Importantly, this model allows for common supply chains and ensures the security of supply.”

The Mbombe 4×4 can be deployed in support of operations such as conventional and asymmetric warfare, counter-terrorism and peacekeeping missions.