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Mamba Mine Protected Armored Personnel Carrier

Mamba Mark 2


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: South Africa
First Produced/Service Dates:

Mamba Mk 1: 1988-89

Mamba Mk 2: 1993

Mamba Mk 3: 2003

Mamba Mk 5 IVECO & Magirus: ?

Mamba Mk 7: ?
Manufactured by:

Mamba Mk 1-3: General Dynamics Land Systems OMC (and predecessors Mechem Consultants, TFM Pty Inc, Reumech, and Alvis-Vickers)

Mamba Mk 5 IVECO, Magirus & Mk 7: Osprea Logistics SA (Pty) Ltd.
Crew:

Mamba Mk 1: 2+5

Mamba Mk 2, 3, 5 & 7: Up to 2+9
Armament: As fitted by user.  But a common weapon mounted is (1) 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun.
Engine:

Mamba Mk 1: 4-Cylinder Diesel

Mamba Mk 2 & 3: 6-Cylinder Diesel

Mamba Mk 5 IVECO, Magirus & Mk 7: 6-Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The Mamba Mark 1 was a 4x2 vehicle which used Toyota Dyna 4 truck components On the other hand, the Mamba Marks 2 & 3 are 4x4 vehicles that used Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG 416-162 truck components, the same as the Buffel APC's.  The Mark 5 has upgraded armor and automotive components and uses either IVECO or Magirus vehicle components. Finally, the Mark 7 is further upgraded and is built in the United States. 

Besides the base APC, the Mamba is available in a few different variants (depending on Mark/Version) including Ambulance, Command/Control, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, IED Interrogator Arm Vehicle, Light Recovery Vehicle, Security, VIP Escort/Transport and Weapons Platform.  The Mamba is commonly confused with its related successor, the RG-31 Nyala, as they look very similar. The Mamba Mark 3 was also succeeded in production by the
Springbuck and Oryx APC’s.
Data Sheet Available:   Mamba Mark 1 Data Sheet (By Dave Haugh)

  Mamba Mark 2 Data Sheet (By Dave Haugh)

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Mamba Mark 2 Mine Resistant APC Photos Chris Baxter (Owner of Bax Mod Models)- South Africa

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Mamba Mine Protected Vehicle Information & Photos Military Today.com
Mamba Mine Protected Vehicle Information & Photos Tibs Transport
Mamba Mark 2 Mine Protected Vehicle Information & Photos Army Guide.Com
Mamba Mark 3 Mine Protected Vehicle Information & Photos Defense Web.Com
Mamba Mark 3 Mine Protected Vehicle Information & Photos South African Army
Mamba Mark 5 Magirus Mine Protected Vehicle Information & Photos Osprea Logistics SA (Pty) Ltd.
Mamba Mark 5 IVECO Mine Protected Vehicle Information & Photos Osprea Logistics SA (Pty) Ltd.
Mamba Mark 7 Mine Protected Vehicle Information & Photos Osprea Logistics SA (Pty) Ltd.

Printed

Reference Author
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher F. Foss
Surviving The Ride: A Pictorial History of South African Manufactured Mine-Protected Vehicles (30 Degrees South Publications) Steve Camp & Helmoed-Romer Heitman

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

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Model Photos

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