The Marauder is a 4×4 mine-protected armoured vehicle manufactured by Paramount Group to offer excellent crew survivability and protection along with outstanding payload capacity.
The vehicle was first launched at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in February 2007.
Paramount Group entered into an agreement with the King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) for the manufacturing and production of Marauder in 2008. KADDB is Jordan’s major governmental military organisation that develops and manufactures defence systems.
Paramount Group delivered 30 Marauder vehicles to the Azerbaijani Armed Forces under an agreement signed with the Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence Industries in 2006. The ministry signed a joint production agreement with the company for manufacturing of 30 more Marauder vehicles in 2011.
The Jordan Armed Forces at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX) 2008 in Amman announced its intention to purchase the first batch of 50 Matadors and Marauders for security and peacekeeping missions.
The group delivered an undisclosed number of Marauders to the Nigerian Air Force in March 2019.
Marauder mine-protected vehicle design and features
The double-skin monocoque hull structure provides the vehicle with a modern appearance and a smooth finish. The armoured vehicle demonstrates unsurpassed protection in its 15t weight class. The driver and commander were positioned side-by-side in a well-contrived internal layout for optimal communication.
The Marauder features a protected diesel power pack at the front, leaving the rest of the vehicle space clear for the crew and troops. Large windows of the vehicle give excellent all-round visibility and the narrower deep “V” shaped hull offers all round protection against mines. The base vehicle is designed to carry a payload of around 5t.
In its standard configuration, the vehicle operates well below maximum payload capacity. Substantial headroom was made available for the installation of defence suites and subsystems to prepare the vehicle for various combat roles.
The Marauder was designed with ease of maintenance in mind and as such component sourcing and manufacture are especially simple. This allows for cost-effective production and repair of vehicles in several locations worldwide.
Marauder mission variants
Marauder can be delivered in the standard form or in a stretched variant offering extra space to carry more troops, or to accommodate extra stores and combat supplies for specialist missions.
It is available in a range of variants including mine protected vehicle, command post vehicle, 4×4 ambulance, 6×6 120mm mortar, 6×6 ammunition carrier, 4×4 recovery vehicle and 4×4 logistic vehicle.
Paramount Group launched a new protected utility variant, Marauder Patrol, at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012 (AAD 2012) exhibition in September 2012. The vehicle offers STANAG Level 1 ballistic protection and can be further upgraded to STANAG Level 2.
The Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a joint venture (JV) of Paramount Group and Kazakhstan Engineering, undertook licenced production of a winterised version of Marauder in Kazakhstan beginning November 2015.
The JV delivered a series of Arlan armoured wheeled vehicles to the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defense and Special Services Division in 2019. This was followed by an agreement with the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development in May 2020 for supplying a new batch of Arlan vehicles to be delivered in 2021.
The Paramount Group and ST Engineering’s Land Systems arm launched ten new Marauder vehicle-based variants under the Belrex protected vehicle family at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition.
The vehicle can be fitted with light and medium-calibre machine guns and cannon weapon installations, mortar firing platforms and missile launchers. The stowage bins fitted on the vehicle will allow it to perform extensive missions autonomously.
The double-skinned hull throughout the cabin and crew compartment offer mine-protection of STANAG 4569 level 4a and 4b (Single anti-mine (7kg) under the hull and Double anti-tank mine (14kg TNT) under any wheel). Ballistic protection is provided against 7.62 x 54mm RB 32 API and .50cal API ammunition (Equivalent to STANAG 4569 level III). The vehicle can withstand the detonation of 155mm high explosive air burst (HEAB) ammunition.
Crew seating arrangements are specifically positioned to increase crew survivability during extreme accelerations received during mine explosions. Add-on armour plates can be placed in the internal space between the side walls when required.
The enhanced ballistic protection and IED protection kits produced are fitted rapidly to the vehicles.
The vehicles are also fitted with bullet proof windows to enhance situational awareness. The side windows feature firing ports as per the customer requirements.
Marauder is powered by a powerful 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine coupled to a semi-automatic transmission. The engine delivers 165kW of power and 801Nm torque.
The vehicle can also be equipped with a wide range of standard engines with increased power if required by the customer. Marauder provides excellent on- and off-road mobility.
Mobility of Marauder mine-protected vehicle
The MAN drive-line provides excellent on and off-road mobility and reliability. The standard vehicle has a cruise speed of 100km/h and a maximum road range of 700km.
Long-range fuel tanks can be fitted to extend the range and scope of operations. The Marauder is available in 4×4 and 6×6 vehicle configurations
The shorter wheelbase and tighter turning circle of the vehicle enhance the manoeuvrability. The repairs to the Marauder can often be carried out easily and springs and axles can be quickly replaced to regain mobility within an hour.
It can be airlifted with short preparation and provides excellent strategic mobility.