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New Mbombe 4 variant unveiled as platform gains traction

The new version of the Paramount Mbombe 4, the 4 S, has new features based on customer feedback and user trials in India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. (Paramount Group)

Paramount Group has developed a new version of its Mbombe 4 mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle, Janes can reveal.

A special desert variant of the vehicle, dubbed the “Mbombe 4 S” variant, is “equipped with the latest mission-critical technologies for optimal desert performance,” the company told Janes .

The modifications are based on customer feedback and trials in India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Enhancements and optimisation made to the platform include changes to the air conditioning system, fuel system, and front bumper with the addition of a winch, as well as changes to the rear door to allow for a spare tire to be carried, and interior changes to include additional storage space and improved access. A rear door ramp or side doors can also be fitted based on user preferences.

Overall Paramount Group claims to have more than 150 Mbombe 4 vehicles in production or on order.

A contract, valued at INR1.78 billion (then-USD24.5 million), for an undisclosed number of vehicles was announced by the Indian Ministry of Defence in February 2021. An agreement with Bharat Forge to manufacture Paramount Group's Mbombe 4 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV), known in India as the Kalyani M4, under licence had been signed on 22 February at the IDEX trade show in Abu Dhabi. The partnership is enabling Paramount Group to successfully meet India's 'Make-in-India' offset requirements, which are designed to localise defence equipment production if locally developed equipment is unavailable.

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