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Unibuffel of the Sri Lankan Army
Type Armoured personnel carrier
Place of origin Sri Lanka
Service history
In service 2000 - Present
Used by Sri Lanka
Production history
Designer Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Manufacturer Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Unit cost 4 Million rupee[1]
Produced 2000 - Present
Weight 6.14 t
Length 5.1 m (16.73 ft)
Width 2.05 m (6.73 ft)
Height 2.95 m (9.68 ft)
Crew 2 + 10 passengers

Armor Classified
Twin 7.62mm MG (front)
Twin 7.62mm MG (rear)
Engine TATA Diesel Engine
Suspension 4×4 wheeled
1000 km (621.37 mi)
Speed Road 96km/h (59.61 mph)
Off-road 30km/h (18.64 mph)

The Unibuffel is a mine-protected wheeled MRAP used by the Sri Lankan military. It can be seen at the Sri Lankan Armoured Corps Museum.

Production history[edit]

Although similar to the South African Buffel, it is built entirely by the Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME). Used very often by the Sri Lankan forces both as an armoured fighting vehicle and for protection against mines and IEDs and so played a major role in the Sri Lanka civil war. The Unibuffel is the improved version of the Unicorn which was also built by the SLEME. More than 53 Unibuffels had been manufactured as of 2006. The vehicle is powered by a TATA engine which can deal easily with rough terrain.[2]

Various small arms can be mounted on the Unibuffel, including machine guns and the Typhoon 25mm cannon as a port defense weapon.[3]

Combat Usage[edit]

The Unibuffel proved quite successful in the Sri Lankan civil war, it could transport troops through rough terrain with ease, and had good protection, it participated in all Sri Lankan Army operations 2005 onwards.

Unibuffel MK II


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Made in Sri Lanka. Retrieved on April 22, 2008.
  2. ^ a b The evolution of the indigenous armoured vehicle: From Unicorn to Unibuffel Retrieved on April 22, 2008
  3. ^ Camp & Heitman, p. 239

Further reading[edit]

  • Surviving the Ride: A Pictorial History of South African-Manufactured Mine-Protected Vehicles by Steve Camp & Helmoed Römer Heitman

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