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Armored Truck Series
|Country of Origin/Used by:||El Salvador|
|First Produced/Service Dates:||1977-1992**|
|Manufactured by:||Chassis: Magirus GmbH (Magirus-Deutz)***; Armor: Maestranza de la Fuerza Armada de El Salvador (FAES)|
|Armament:||Usually one (1) pintle mounted light machine gun.|
|Miscellaneous Info:||The "Boxer" Armored Trucks were built
to be used as armored personnel carriers, convoy escort vehicles and
fire support vehicles (FSV). The vehicles used a
number of trucks available to the Salvadoran military. Instead of
calling them by their given name "Boxer", the troops named them "Mazinger" after a
Japanese cartoon robot character. The first trucks (and most
numerous) converted were
based upon the 7-ton Magirus-Deutz Jupiter Truck. After those approximately
14 vehicles were built, two (2) the MAN 630L2AE 5-ton trucks were
then constructed, one a crowd-control vehicle and the other an FSV.
The FSV was fitted with a turret mounting
the 20mm M55A2
Anti-Aircraft Artillery System and also armed with (2) 7.92mm HK21 Machine Guns and (2)
90mm M67 Recoilless Rifles. The next vehicle
created used the International Harvester 1600
Loadmaster Dump Truck. Subsequent "Mazingers" built used commercially
available Ford, GMC and REO trucks.
* The above Specifications cover the Magirus-Deutz Jupiter Truck as it was the most numerous of the "Mazingers".
** Although the "true" Mazingers were built and used during this period, a number of additional armored trucks were produced after that time. Although not built in the referenced time period and not officially named Mazinger, they were still referred to as such.
***Other manufacturers were Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, International Harvester Company, Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nurnberg (MAN SE) & REO Motor Car Company.
|Data Sheet Available:||Mazinger Armored Truck Series Data Sheet by Julio Montes|
|Mazinger (Civiliian GMC?) Armored Truck Photo||Salvadoran Army Press Office via Julio Montes - California, USA|
|Mazinger (International Harvester) Armored Dump Truck Photos||Salvadoran Army Communications & Protocol Directorate (COPREFA) via Julio Montes|
|Mazinger (Jupiter 7) Armored Truck Photos||Julio Montes|
|Mazinger (MAN 630) Armored Truck Photo||Salvadoran Army Communications & Protocol Directorate (COPREFA) via Julio Montes|
|Mazinger (MAN 630) Armored Truck Photo||Salvadoran Army Press Office via Julio Montes|
|Mazinger (REO M49) Anti-Riot Armored Truck Photo||Salvadoran Army Press Office via Julio Montes|
|Mazinger* (Jupiter 7) Armored Truck Photo||Julio Montes|
|Mazinger* (MAN 630) Armored Truck Photos||Julio Montes|
"Blindados improvisados en América Latina: ingenio a falta de presupuesto" by Julio Montes (In Spanish)
"La reencarnación de los blindados “Mazinger” y “Cashuat” en El Salvador" by Julio Montes (In Spanish)
|Armored Fighting Vehicles of El Salvador: Museum Ordnance Special Number 7 (Darlington Publications)||David Spencer|
|Mexican and Central American Armor (Darlington Publications)||Julio Montes|
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