|Type||Armoured personnel carrier|
|Place of origin||South Africa|
|Used by||Azerbaijani Armed Forces
|Weight||Curb: 9,900 kg (21,780 lb)
Combat: 15,000 kg (33,000 lb)
|Crew||2 + 8 passengers|
|Armor||Ballistic protection: STANAG 4569 level III (7.62 × 51 mm AP WC Core at 30 meters) and mine blast protection: STANAG 4569 3a and 3b (single anti-tank mine (8 kg of TNT under the hull and under any wheel)|
|Engine||Cummins ISBe4-300 Diesel (221kW/300hp @ 2500rpm, 1100Nm @ 1200-1800rpm)|
|Payload capacity||6,000 kg (13,227 lb)|
|Ground clearance||420 mm|
|700 km (435 mi)|
|Speed||100–120 km/h (tyre dependent)|
The Marauder is an armoured, mine-protected vehicle that is produced by Paramount Group in South Africa. It was launched during the 2007 International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and Conference in Abu Dhabi, the largest arms exhibition in the Middle East.
Design and Specifications
Originally designed to operate in urban, built-up and confined areas it is smaller in both size and weight than the Matador, a similarly armoured vehicle. Vehicle configuration is either 4x4. The Marauder has a cruising speed of around 100 to 120 km/h (62–75 mph), and a maximum range of 700 kilometres (430 mi).
The Marauder’s payload capacity allows for the fitting of various defence and weapons systems, including light and medium-calibre machine guns, cannon weapon installations, and missile launchers, as well as command, surveillance, and control systems. The vehicle can be configured such that mortars may be fired from the payload platform.
In 2008, for the manufacturing and production of the Marauder, the Paramount Group entered into an agreement with the King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau (KADDB), Jordan’s primary governmental military agency that develops and manufactures defence systems, and which serves as an independent technical advisor to the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF). As well as being a manufacturer, Jordan was the first customer for the Marauder.
In popular culture
The focus of the roadtest was to test the Marauder against the discontinued Hummer H3. Unlike the original Hummer H1, the Hummer H3 is a civilian model based on the Chevrolet Colorado. Among the activities tested were ordering fast-food from a drive-through restaurant, driving off-road, through/over obstacles (solid brick walls and parked cars, respectively) and testing how well it could withstand an explosion (seven pounds of plastic explosives) directed at its underside.
Unlike the (civilian spec) Hummer, which was completely destroyed by the explosion, the Marauder was still operational and sustained only minor damage for the most part, Hammond easily managing to drive it away despite its dislodged/blown tyre.
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