Marauder (vehicle)

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Type Armoured personnel carrier
Place of origin South Africa
Service history
Used by Operators
Production history
Manufacturer Paramount Group
Produced 2008–present
No. built ~250
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)
MAN D0836LOH Diesel (176kW/240hp @ 2300rpm, 925Nm @ 1200-1800rpm)
Payload capacity 6,000 kg (13,227 lb)
Suspension 4x4 or 6x6 wheeled[1]
Ground clearance 420 mm
700 km (435 mi)
Speed 100–120 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 an explosion (seven pounds of plastic explosives) directed at its underside.[11]


Map with Marauder operators in blue
Marauder variant of Kazakhstan "Arlan".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Marauder - Mine Protected Vehicle". Paramount Group. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  3. ^ "IDEAS- The International Defence Exhibition and Seminar". 
  4. ^ Parr, Martin (28 March 2009). "Martin Parr visits one of the world's biggest arms fairs". The Guardian. London. 
  5. ^ "Defense Technology International - April 2007 - Nice Ride". 
  6. ^ "Paramount Group". 
  7. ^
  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.". 
  9. ^ "Azerbaijan defence ministry courts Africa defence firm". Paramount Group. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Episode 1". Top Gear. Series 17. 2011-06-26. Event occurs at 0:01:11. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  11. ^ "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. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
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  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Trade Registers". 
  14. ^ Guy Martin. "More details on South African arms exports for 2014". 
  15. ^ vpo_Paramount Group. "South African designed vehicles to be made in Jordan". 
  16. ^ Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering. "Arlan". 
  17. ^ Guy Martin. "Paramount opens vehicle factory in Kazakhstan". 
  18. ^

External links[edit]

Media related to Paramount Group Marauder at Wikimedia Commons