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"Spook" Mine Protected Combat Vehicle (MPCV)


Country of Origin/Used by: Rhodesia/Zimbabwe
First Produced/Service Dates: 1979
Manufactured by: Automotive Components: Mercedes-Benz; Armor & Fabrication: Kew Engineering, Ltd.
Crew: 3+8
Armament: Turret: (1) 7.62mm Machine Gun, (1) 12.7mm or (1) 14.5mm Heavy MG
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The Mine Protected Combat Vehicle (MPCV) was originally developed to transport mechanized infantry in the Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment. The vehicle was a direct development of the contemporary Scorpion Mine Protected 81mm Mortar Carrier. The MPCV used the strengthened chassis and automotive components from the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG 416 4x4 truck.  The armor fitted to the MPCV was locally designed, but inspired by that carried on the successful UR-416 APC. The name "Spook" was unofficially given to the vehicle due to the utmost secrecy around the project. Only one variant of the base vehicle was produced, that being a turretless Command Vehicle, of which two (2) were built.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


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      "Spook" Mine Protected Combat Vehicle (MPCV) Photos John Wynne Hopkins

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“1RAR MPCV’s” (Rhodesian War Games Blog) John Wynne Hopkins
“MPCV Details” (Rhodesian War Games Blog) John Wynne Hopkins
“MPCV (Mine Protected Combat Vehicle) January 3, 2015 post on the Rhodesian War Games Blog John Wynne Hopkins
“MPCV (Mine Protected Combat Vehicle) November 4, 2017 post on the Rhodesian War Games Blog John Wynne Hopkins


Reference Author
Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia: 1965-80 (P&P Publishing) Peter G. Locke & Peter DF Cooke
Taming the Landmine (Galago Publishing, Ltd.) Peter Stiff

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