Maverick Internal Security Vehicle (ISV), South Africa
Maverick is an Internal Security Vehicle (ISV) manufactured by Paramount Group for internal security and police forces. The vehicle is an ideal platform to perform crowd control, public order and patrol missions.
Maverick ISV was unveiled at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Exhibition 2008 held in Cape Town, South Africa.
In April 2012, the Government of Gabon acquired ten Maverick internal security vehicles from Paramount Group. The vehicles were successfully deployed during the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2012 football tournament.
The Rio de Janeiro Special Operations Police (BOPE) successfully completed trials of Maverick ISVs. The trails involved live fire drills, simulated civil protests and attacks.
Missions capabilities of the Maverick
Maverick is available in wide range of mission variants, including Police ISV, S.W.A.T. APC (Special Weapons and Tactics Team Armoured Personnel Carrier), Rapid Intervention Water Cannon, Mobile Adjustable Ramp System (MARS) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Vehicle.
The Police ISV features riot gear, arms and ammunition, as well as command and control systems. The S.W.A.T. variant can be equipped with special mission equipment according to each customer's requirements.
The Maverick MARS vehicle allows the police or S.W.A.T. forces to enter buildings or aircraft of ten metres high during hostage situations and other emergency situations. The Maverick EOD vehicles are equipped with explosive ordnance disposal systems, electronic surveillance and countermeasures equipment.
Maverick ISV features
Maverick ISV incorporates a double-skin monocoque welded steel hull. The vehicle carries a driver, commander and up to 12 riot or paramilitary police. The box-like shape provides internal space for the stowage of equipment, including anti-riot gear, weapons and EOD robots.
The vehicle has space for the stowage of equipment, including anti-riot gear
The entry and exit for the driver and commander in the forward section are provided through individual side doors. The pneumatically operated side doors and rear door of the vehicle allow for the rapid deployment of police forces.
The vehicle provides high visibility for the crew and occupants within the vehicle through its large wire mesh-covered bullet-proof windows. The CCTV cameras and other onboard sensors ensure optimal situational awareness by offering uninterrupted real-time intelligence.
Internal security vehicle weapons and armour
The APC version of Maverick can be mounted with a wide range of weapon stations accommodating 5.56mm or 7.62mm machine gun. The roof top of the vehicle can be installed with banks of electrically operated grenade launchers.
Maverick offers Nato STANAG 4569 Level III protection. It can protect the crew from 7.62mm armour-piercing rounds fired from very close distances. All-round protection is provided against projectiles and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The floor can be hinged with additional armoured plates to withstand hand grenades and firebombs.
The areas close to wheel stations and other susceptible areas of the vehicle are equipped with manual and automatic fire extinguishing systems to ensure the protection of crew against firebombs. The Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) and run flat tyre systems ensure the protection of wheels against ballistic attacks.
Engine and mobility of Paramount's ISV
Maverick is powered by a Cummins ISBe4 diesel engine coupled to Allison SP3000 6-speed automatic transmission and AxleTech BT600 transfer case. The engine develops a maximum power output of 221kW. The power pack provides a maximum speed of 100km/h to 120km/h.
The Maverick ISV offers excellent cross-country mobility over different terrains. The Michelin XZL 335/80 R20 tires are equipped with air operated disc brakes. The CTIS allows the driver to adjust tyre pressure to pass over various terrains.
The vehicle can get around blocked routes by clearing the obstructions using its pneumatic dozer blade and bullbar. The tight turning circle of 16.5m allows the vehicle to operate in urban regions with narrow and steep roads.
The camera system mounted on the rear of the vehicle provides the rear pictures to the crew through internal monitors. The camera surveillance assists the crew when reversing in narrow streets. It also avoids the rioters nearing the vehicle in an unobserved direction.