Marauder (vehicle)

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TypeArmoured personnel carrier
Place of originSouth Africa
Service history
Used byOperators
Production history
ManufacturerParamount Group
No. built~300
MassCurb: 9,900 kg (21,780 lb)
Combat: 15,000 kg (33,000 lb)
Crew2 + 8 passengers

ArmorBallistic protection: STANAG 4569 level III (7.62 × 51 mm AP WC Core at 30 meters)
Mine blast protection: STANAG 4569 3a and 3b (single anti-tank mine (8 kg of TNT under the hull and under any wheel)
EngineCummins ISBe4-300 Diesel (221kW/300hp @ 2500rpm, 1100Nm @ 1200-1800rpm)
MAN D0836LOH Diesel (176kW/240hp @ 2300rpm, 925Nm @ 1200-1800rpm)
Payload capacity6,000 kg (13,227 lb)
Suspension4x4 or 6x6 wheeled[1]
Ground clearance420 mm
700 km (435 mi)
Speed100–120 km/h (tyre dependent)

The Marauder[1] 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.[2][3][4]

Design and Specifications[edit]

The Marauder was developed for reconnaissance and peacekeeping missions. It carries a crew of up to ten including the driver and commander.

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 or a 6x6. 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 double-skin monocoque hull provides protection against projectiles up to STANAG 4569 Level III for the crew compartment.[5]

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.[6]


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,[7] 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.[8] The Marauder is also manufactured in Azerbaijan.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

In June 2011, the civilian version of the Marauder was featured in British motoring program Top Gear,[10] with Richard Hammond. 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 seven pounds of plastic explosives[11] directed at its underside.[12]


Map with Marauder operators in blue
Marauder variant of Kazakhstan "Arlan".
  •  Algeria: According to SIPRI only 2 were delivered in 2009 + negotiations to buy the Arlan from Kazakhstan [13][14]
  •  Azerbaijan: 85 delivered in total between 2009 and 2014. Local production of the vehicles was established under an agreement between the Paramount Group and the Ministry of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan.[14][15]
  •  Congo: 52 delivered in total between 2010 and 2012[14]
  •  Jordan: An initial batch of ~50 Marauders and Matadors were ordered in March 2008. Local production of the vehicles was established under an agreement between the Paramount Group and the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau.[16]
  •  Kazakhstan: An unknown number of a new winterized variant, called Arlan (Wolf), were ordered in 2013 and delivery is scheduled to take place in 2016. Local production of the Arlan by Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a joint venture company under an agreement between Paramount Group and state-owned Kazakhstan Engineering.[17][14][18] The first Arlans were delivered to Kazakh special forces in December 2017.[19]
  •  Malawi: 6 ordered in 2013[14]
  •  Nigeria: Unknown number acquired for the Nigerian Air Force in March 2019, modified with Jordanian "snake head" turret.[20][21]
  •  Oman: 1 ordered in 2013[14]
  •  Singapore: Designation as Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle, operates a custom-built variant with extended wheelbase.[22] 122 ordered in 2013[14]
  •  Zambia: 3 delivered in 2016

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "IDEAS- The International Defence Exhibition and Seminar". Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  4. ^ Parr, Martin (28 March 2009). "Martin Parr visits one of the world's biggest arms fairs". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Defense Technology International - April 2007 - Nice Ride". Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Paramount Group". Archived from the original on 25 February 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
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  8. ^ "Africa aerospace and defence 2008: given its suburban Ysterplaat airbase with large hangars and proximity to the city's harbour facilities, South Africa's Cape Town is an ideal location for a tri-service defence equipment show. This year Russia and China came in force". Archived from the original on 12 May 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Azerbaijan defence ministry courts Africa defence firm". Paramount Group. 13 May 2011. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Episode 1". Top Gear. Series 17. 26 June 2011. Event occurs at 0:01:11. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  11. ^ Top Gear Marauder test, series 17, episode 1:
    • "Our old friend the Hummer, whose underside was packed with seven pounds of plastic explosive..."
    • "Yeah, not much point seeing if the Hummer will start..."
    • "But the important question is, what happens to the Marauder when you put the same amount of explosives underneath it?"
    • "That was definitely an inconvenience, but really, nothing more."
  12. ^ "Is this the car Jeremy needs when his wife's on the warpath? Top Gear finds 'world's most unstoppable vehicle'". Daily Mail. London. 27 June 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
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  14. ^ a b c d e f g "Trade Registers". Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  15. ^ Guy Martin. "More details on South African arms exports for 2014". Archived from the original on 12 April 2016.
  16. ^ vpo_Paramount Group. "South African designed vehicles to be made in Jordan". Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  17. ^ Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering. "Arlan". Archived from the original on 2 May 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  18. ^ Guy Martin. "Paramount opens vehicle factory in Kazakhstan". Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  19. ^ Forrester, Charles (13 December 2017). "Kazakhstan receives special forces Arlans". IHS Jane's 360. Archived from the original on 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Nigeria Opts for MARAUDER APC". Mönsch Publishing Group. 28 March 2019. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  21. ^ Forrester, Charles (29 March 2019). "Nigerian Air Force receives Paramount Marauders". Jane's 360. London. Archived from the original on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  22. ^ Martin, Guy. "Singapore commissions Marauder-based PCSV - defenceWeb". Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Paramount Group Marauder at Wikimedia Commons