Milkor 4×4 Armoured Personnel Carrier
Milkor 4×4 is a new armoured personnel carrier (APC) developed by Milkor, a South African defence vehicle manufacturing company.
Designed to meet the infantry carrier requirements of armed forces in the African continent, the Milkor 4×4 APC is used for troop transportation, casualty evacuation, and riot control missions.
It can be deployed by police forces, law enforcement agencies, security forces and militaries across the world.
Milkor officially unveiled the APC at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 international defence exhibition held in Centurion, South Africa, in September 2018. The armoured transport vehicle (TOMP) configuration of the Milkor 4×4 was displayed at the exhibition.
Production of the vehicle started in 2018 and Milkor received the first order from an undisclosed customer during AAD 2018.
Milkor 4×4 APC design and features
The vehicle is based on a reinforced commercial chassis integrating a 4×4 wheel drive configuration. It encompasses a conventional vehicle layout with the engine stationed in the front, crew section in the middle and a troop compartment in the rear.
The monocoque hull structure of the vehicle offers a high degree of stability, flexibility, and strength required during key missions. It also enhances the reliability and operational efficiency of the vehicle.
Its hull is divided into two sections; a front crew compartment and a rear extension that offers seating arrangement to dismounted troops. It is fitted with a large windshield at the front and three windows on either side.
Its large monobloc windshield enhances the situational awareness of the crew. The vehicle features a single hydraulic ramp at the rear, enabling the entry and exit of troops and crew.
Milkor 4×4 APC is manned by a crew of two including a driver and a chief commander. The spacious cabin offers seating to accommodate eight infantry personnel. Its modular layout enables to convert the base vehicle into multiple mission configurations such as command, ambulance and police.
The APC has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 15t when fully-loaded, whereas its tare mass or empty weight is 9.5t. It uses commercial components for key systems, which enables easy upgrade and maintenance by the operators.
Armament and self-protection features of the Milkor 4X4 APC
The vehicle is fitted with a roof-mounted remote-controlled weapon station armed with a 12.7mm machine gun. The weapon station can be mounted with an automatic grenade launcher (AGL).
Milkor 4×4 APC also features smoke grenade launchers, and several weapon mounts that can be armed with artillery systems.
It offers Level B7 ballistic and mine protection to the on-board crew and infantry troops. It protects the occupants against ballistic threats, small arms, shell splinters, fragmentation warheads, and mine explosives.
The protection level of the vehicle can be further enhanced with the installation of appliqué armour plates on the windows and windshield.
Engine and performance of Milkor 4×4 APC
The armoured vehicle is powered by an Iveco turbo diesel engine, which has a maximum power output of 176kW. The power to weight ratio offered by the engine is 17kW/t.
Its maximum speed attained by the vehicle is 110km/h, while the maximum range is 1,000km.
The large tyres fitted on the chassis offer smooth manoeuvrability when travelling through rough terrains and harsh weather conditions.
The vehicle lacks amphibious capabilities, but its high ground clearance enables fording shallow water obstacles.