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Swerwer Mine-Resistant Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: South Africa
First Produced/Service Dates: Late 1970's
Manufactured by: Chassis: Land Rover; Manufacturer: Mechem Vehicles?
Crew: 1+4
Armament: None?
Engine: 6 Cylinder Gasoline (A few Diesel-engined vehicles were produced)
Miscellaneous Info: The Swerwer was developed as a light mine-resistant armored personnel carrier (APC), patrol or utility vehicle.  The South African Police were the main users, specifically in the counter-insurgency role in South West Africa.  The vehicles used the running gear of the Land Rover Series III (SWB?) Utility Vehicle, which the SAP also extensively used.  The Army did evaluate the vehicle, but did not purchase it, mostly due to its limited personnel capacity. Still, over 200 were produced. The Swerwers were later replaced by larger APC's, including the Casspir.  "Swerwer" in Afrikaans means "wanderer".
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Swerwer Mine-Resistant Patrol/Utility Vehicle Photos Christ Baxter - (Owner of Bax Mod Models) - South Africa

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Surviving the Ride: A Pictorial History of South African Manufactured Mine-Resistant Protected Vehicles (30 Degrees South Publishers) Steve Camp & Helmoed-Romer Heitman

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