The Paramount Group, a South African privately-owned manufacturer of defence equipment, says its new eight-wheeled armoured vehicle has set the company ahead of competitors in the land force environment.The new-generation 8x8 vehicle was unveiled over the weekend in Astana, during the annual Kazakhstan Defence Exhibition.On Wednesday, Paramount Group founder and executive chairman Ivor Ichikowitz said the production of the Mbombe 8 made the company part of an exclusive club of manufacturers capable of producing sophisticated infantry combat vehicles that can withstand landmines."What this does is puts South Africa up there, at the very highest level of confidence in the global land forces environment," Ichikowitz said.But military analyst Helmoed Heitman said, "I am familiar with the chief engineer there … and what I know from him and his previous work, I am quite happy to accept that it is a good vehicle. I don’t think it is particularly unique but had only seen the photo and the w...

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