South African troops have at their disposal new Mine complex Casspir, which differs from previous versions in that there are elements of Russian «Ural».
The model itself Casspir already over 30 years, South Africans be successfully used in numerous military conflicts. In the period of confrontation between Angola and Namibia military vehicles used the 101st Battalion of the Ministry of Defense. Specifically, these armored vehicles were a good way to move the fighter battalion countless minefields in southwestern Africa.
Casspir be successfully applied and the terrain of South Africa at a time when the intervention of the paramilitary police force was required in the main.
The layout of today’s military machine is Casspir armored patrol Casspir Mk-II APC 4×4. This set was produced at the plant TFM in South Africa in the early 80’s. Machine was developed by «Sendok Ostrel» and was intended for use in local conflicts, which now and then broke out on the terrain of the country. In the cab could be two people, but in a protected body — 12 fighter, ready to fight with the rebels.
For 30 years Casspir modernized many times. But it came down to the fact that buyers of military hardware realized economic unreasonableness of the forthcoming development of the machine on the same principles as before. So in 2006, 167 cars were modernized Casspirs project Gijima.
But with nedavneshnego time, taking advantage of experience of the Indian company «Mahindra & Mahindra» South Africans decided to move on its own platform Casspir «Ural». According to the 1st of the representatives of the office of military vehicles manufacturer Johan Stein new Casspir Mk 6 cost almost 30% cheaper than all the previous counterparts. And despite the fact that the technical properties and multi-functional machine base only became better and supplemented. We Casspir Mk 6, there wheeled 6×6 version, which makes it even more agile on the roads of South Africa. Machine weight increased to 14,320 kg, but on the off-road and over-protection personnel are not adversely affected. New Casspir now seats 18 people who received the shock-new comfortable chair. If the previous versions of the machine fighters had to endure the difficulties for all the terrain and other bad reasons, the new personal wall space can negate any dynamic shocks.
Even undermine the cars on the 21-kilogram charge under the wheel and 14-kilogram — under the hull as convincing designers are not able to harm no car, no LOCATED inside his platoon of soldiers. If this is indeed the case, then the machine can safely be called unique and worthy of the attention of the expert buyers.
By the way already at the time of the bid for the purchase of military equipment of this kind in South Africa come from a number of countries. Among them: Nepal, Djibouti, Indonesia, Mozambique. In India machine appeared almost simultaneously with its occurrence in South Africa.