Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

When the tough get going [AAD16D1]

14 September 2016

Military operations require solutions that meet the harshest and toughest of conditions.

Mercedes-Benz is exhibiting a selection of its military vehicles at AAD (Hangar 3, Stand CW15), which includes the Unimog U5000 and the Actros 3344A/45. Both these vehicles offer innovative protection, uncompromising reliability and outstanding performance.

“As an international innovator in the automotive industry, we are at the forefront of any and all developments in the military segment, and this foresight enables us to provide vehicles that allow our customers to respond to a number of tactical and logistical needs,” said Christo Kleynhans, product manager for Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

Modern-day defence missions require vehicles offering custom-built solutions for various tasks in the southern African region.

The all-wheel drive and extremely torsionally flexible frame of the Unimog U5000 (pictured) provide this robust vehicle with numerous advantages in rough terrain. Crew, materials and heavy equipment can be delivered to even the remotest of conflict zones. The Actros 3344A/45 is similarly able to withstand the toughest conditions.

Complementing the robustness, reliability and advanced propulsion technology, Mercedes-Benz Trucks offers a global reach. As Kleynhans explained: “Our vehicles are based on large-scale truck series, which means that as the world’s largest truck manufacturer with a global reach, we make use of our extensive range of tried and tested parts and components.”

Yet another key consideration is cost-efficiency regarding both the operation and life-cycle of vehicles. Mercedes-Benz provides vehicles that deliver full defence capability at maximum cost-efficiency.

“Today’s military scenarios are changing rapidly, and therefore we use smart technologies in our offer of logistical vehicles and service concepts to meet mission demands,” Kleynhans concluded.

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