Matador (mine protected vehicle)

The Matador is an armoured personnel carrier (APC) and mine-protected vehicle that is produced by Paramount Group in South Africa. The vehicle was displayed for the first time in 2007, during the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi. The Matador was officially launched the following year, at the 2008 African Aerospace and Defence exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa.

Matador (mine protected vehicle)
Class Vehicle
Type Other
Manufacturer Paramount Group
Origin South Africa
Country Name Origin Year
South Africa 2008
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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With a curb weight of 10,800 kg and a payload weight of 4,500 kg, the Matador has a maximum crew capacity of fourteen, including a driver and co-driver. The vehicle has a cruise speed of 100 km/h and a maximum range of 700 km. Although it can be used for military and peacekeeping operations in urban areas, it was originally designed for missions in less built-up areas. It therefore has a larger turning circle compared to its sister vehicle, the Marauder, which was specifically developed for urban areas.

The Matador is either equipped with a militarised MAN engine integrated with a 12-speed semi-automatic transmission, or a Cummins engine integrated with a fully automated 6-speed transmission. Both technologies are common around the world, allowing the vehicle to be repaired and serviced in most countries, without requiring an independent logistic system.


The Matador is fitted with a double-skin monocoque hull, which gives it a modern look and a smooth finish while protecting its occupants against blasts up to STANAG 4569 Level III, the highest level of tested protection.

The V-shaped hull comprises three self-jigging plates. This system, developed in South Africa, enables the Matador to withstand the blast of a double anti-tank mine (14 kg of TNT) at any point beneath the hull, and a triple anti-tank mine (21 kg of TNT) under any wheel.


The vehicle can be equipped with light and medium-calibre machine guns and cannon weapon installations, as well as mortar firing platforms, missile launchers, combat turret, and command, surveillance and control systems.

Type Mine-protected vehicle
Place of origin South Africa
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Production history
Manufacturer Paramount Group
Produced 2008–present
Weight Curb: 10,800 kg (23,760 lb)
Combat: 15,300 kg (33,660 lb)
Crew 2 + 12 passengers
Armor Ballistic protection: STANAG 4569 level III (7.62 × 54 mm RB 32 API - Dragunov) and mine-blast protection: STANAG 4569 4a and 4b (double anti-tank mine (14 kg of TNT) under the hull, triple anti-tank mine (21 kg of TNT) under any wheel)
Engine Cummins ISBe4 Diesel (221 kW, 1,100 Nm)
MAN (176 kW, 925 Nm)
Payload capacity 6,000 kg (13,200 lb)
Suspension 4x4 or 6x6 wheeled
Ground clearance 420 mm
700 km (435 mi)
Speed 100–120 km/h (tyre dependent)

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