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Mbombe 4 passes blast testing

18th September 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Paramount Group’s Mbombe 4x4 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) has received final certification for independently verified blast testing, the company announced on 17 September. 

The blast testing exceeded the criteria for NATO STANAG 4569 – one of the highest levels of protection that can be achieved by an armoured vehicle in its class.  

As part of the blast testing programme, the integrity of the Mbombe 4 was subjected to both intense experimentations and post-test evaluations that took several months to complete. The inspections confirmed no evidence of hull ruptures or injurious internally formed secondary fragments – such as secondary shrapnel - nor loose equipment in the occupant compartment; and that anthropomorphic test devices and the seats in which they were placed remained in position and uncompromised.  

In addition to flat-floor mine protection technologies, the vehicle has a rear-door ramp design, enabling the rapid deployment of the crew while the vehicle is static or on the move.  

The Mbombe 4 can travel of speeds up to 140km/hr, with an 800km operating range and an independent suspension system designed to meet the increasing demand for advanced protection and adaptability in conventional and asymmetrical warfare operations, including counter-terrorism, border patrol, counter-insurgency, internal security and peacekeeping missions.  

The United Arab Emirates was announced as the vehicle’s first customer at the 2019 International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.

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