Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

Mineprotected ambulances operational [AAD143]

19 September 2014

The first three ambulances based on the proven Mechem Casspir armoured personnel carrier (APC) are already operational in support of UN and African Union Amisom forces in Somalia.

According to Mechem’s general manager, Ashley Williams, the ambulances are fully equipped to treat any emergency and operational casualties.

“They are based on our new-generation Casspir NG 2000, which is more powerful and offers improved protection. Importantly, the wide-bodied design is a significant improvement on the previous versions, as each vehicle accommodates four stretchers and two sitting patients plus two medics,” he explained.

The model on display can withstand a blast of 21kg of TNT under a wheel and a 14kg blast under the hull.

The new Mechem ambulance is an important addition to the Casspir family of vehicles, which also includes infantry, cargo, command and control and recovery variants.

“Of course we can manufacture specialised versions to meet customer requirements,” Williams added.

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