Paramount Land Systems has just unveiled its new Maatla 4×4 light protected vehicle which could be viewed as a slightly smaller alternative to the famous Marauder.
The new vehicle has been unveiled at the African Aerospace and Defence Expo in Tshwane, South Africa, and is based around a commercial vehicle chassis that the company says “provides class-leading reliability and proven capability.” It offers seating for up to nine occupants and features ‘Smart Floor’ technology, which means the seats can be quickly removed, allowing it to be configured as either an ambulance, command vehicle, or customizable for other mission requirements, including peacekeeping missions, border patrol, and providing military support.
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While the company hasn’t announced powertrain details for the new Maatla 4×4, it claims that it can hit a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) on the road and can travel 600 km (373 miles) on a full tank of fuel when cruising at 80 km/h (50 mph). It also features a 2-speed transfer case and 3 differential locks to aid in its off-roading abilities.
“Personnel safety and soldier survivability in the field are key priorities of the Paramount Group’s design and manufacturing philosophy,” Paramount Land Systems chief executive Deon Grobler described. “The Maatla is a multi-purpose vehicle, offering excellent cross-country performance and reliability. Designed to handle a 2-tonne payload, the Maatla offers near infinite-configurability in terms of onboarding mission-specific equipment, weapons, and armour scalability.”
All Maatla 4×4 models produced feature STANAG 4569 Level 1 ballistic and blast protection, protecting passengers against handguns and other small caliber rounds. The vehicle also provides underbelly protection against M26 hand grenades and other similar alternatives.
“Our customers can now take full advantage of three decades of armoured vehicle innovation, engineering excellence and market leadership, but in a lighter class vehicle designed in response to changing customer requirements,” added senior vice president of South Africa’s Paramount International, Eric Ichikowitz.