Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

Total capability on wheels [AAD142]

18 September 2014

Mercedes-Benz (Hangar 5, Stand D1) is showing part of its total capability for military wheeled vehicles.

According to Christo Kleynhans, product manager, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, the company “is at the forefront of innovation and product development in the defence field. Which makes us the manufacturer of choice for armed forces that require tailored solutions for differing missions”.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is also exhibiting its Driveline Component Kit, which includes the suspension and complete powerpack, with a diesel developing 240kW (326hp) coupled to a six-speed transmission.

The Sprinter 315 CDI van in 4x4 configuration is claimed to have a high level of cross-country mobility and can be used for a variety of military applications. The M-Guard ML 500 series shown here at AAD features the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, whose integrated protective components are stated to meet all the requirements of Resistance Level VR4, which covers handguns up to the .44 Magnum. This latter vehicle is priced at more than R2 million ($182,000), which does not include many of the options or a special sales tax.

The company’s Unimog series of vehicles are designed for use in extreme off-road conditions and are used by many armed forces around the world. The Unimog U-4000 and U-5000 4x4 vehicles cover the gross vehicle weight class of 9.5-14.1 tonnes.

At AAD, the Unimog U-5000 is being shown in its baseline chassis and is fitted with a standard two-door right-hand drive cab with numerous rear body options. In addition to being fitted with a standard military cargo body, the Unimog U-5000 is used as the basis for a range of armour protected vehicles from other contractors, such as the German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Dingo 2 all protected vehicle. This has been built in large numbers for the home and export markets, with the latest version offering seating for eight people.

Mercedes-Benz can provide a complete range of tactical trucks in 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 configuration, with various body options and standard and unprotected cabs. Its military vehicles are backed by a worldwide dealer network.

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