Mercedes-Benz Trucks will have a slew of rugged vehicles on display at the upcoming Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition set to open its doors tomorrow. Those who will attend the event organized until Sunday at the Air Force Base in Waterkloof, Centurion will have the opportunity to check out a multitude of military grade vehicles, including a Unimog U5000, the Zetros, and the Actros 3344A/45.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog railroad version
Mercedes-Benz Unimog railroad version
Mercedes-Benz Unimog railroad version

There are dozens of versions of the Unimog out there, a multi-purpose 4x4 beast that has been around since the second half of the 1940s. It’s available in both civilian and military guises for a vast array of applications, including a railroad-ready version based on the U 423 model featuring a turbodiesel 5.1-liter engine with 231 horsepower and a mighty 664 pound-feet of torque.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 318 food truck
Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 318 food truck

Earlier this year, the owner of a U 318 model decided to turn his Unimog into a food truck for those chilly days in Finland. Capable of storing up to 881 pounds (400 kilograms) of food, the mobile kitchen had all the features you’d expect, including work surfaces, gas stove, wash basin, and a bunch of cooking utensils. The customized Unimog is more than just for show, as it’s being used for a variety of public and corporate events.

Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6X6 truck 25.03.2011
Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6X6 truck 25.03.2011

Based on the Actros and Axor series, the Zetros is just as versatile and can be had in multiple configurations, including a six-wheeled model featuring an incredible payload capacity of 16 tons. Power of the three-axle behemoth comes from an inline-six 7.2-liter turbodiesel that generates an earth-moving 960 pound-feet (1,300 Newton-meters) of torque.

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As impressive as the civilians versions may be, these pale in comparison to the ones developed by Mercedes for military purposes. These have been engineered to survive in basically any rough conditions and are as close to being indestructible as possible. Plus, the vehicles look epic thanks to their army green finish and chunky off-road tires.

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Gallery: Military grade Mercedes-Benz Unimog, Actros

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks displays innovative military solutions at this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition

  • Actros 3344A/45 offers innovative protection, uncompromising reliability and outstanding performance
  • Unimog U5000 provides maximum mobility in the toughest of terrains

PRETORIA – Mercedes-Benz is set to exhibit a selection of its military offerings at this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition – taking place from 14 September until 18 September at the Air Force Base in Waterkloof, Centurion.

“As an international innovator in the automotive industry, we are at the forefront of any and all developments in the military segment, and this foresight enables us to provide vehicles that allow our customers to respond to a number of tactical and logistical needs,” says Christo Kleynhans, Product Manager for Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

“Today’s military scenarios are changing rapidly and as Mercedes-Benz Defence Vehicles, we offer logistical vehicles and service concepts to meet mission demands while increasing efficiency with the use of smart technologies,” he adds.

As part of AAD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is displaying a selection of vehicles, including the Unimog U5000 and the Actros 3344A/45.

Thanks to its state-of-the-art technology, the Unimog U5000 masters virtually every challenge. All-wheel-drive and an extremely torsionally flexible frame provide the robust vehicle with endless advantages in rough terrain. The Unimog U5000 brings crew, materials and heavy equipment to even the remotest of conflict zones.

The Actros 3344A/45 is exactly what militaries around the world require: innovative protection, uncompromising reliability, outstanding performance and an ability to withstand the toughest conditions as part of missions.

Modern-day defence missions require vehicles that provide custom-built solutions for various tasks in the southern African region, which is why Mercedes-Benz offers a wide range of vehicles to meet diverse logistical and tactical requirements.

“Our vehicles are based on large-scale truck series and this means that as the world’s largest truck manufacturer with a global reach, we make use of our extensive range of tried-and-tested parts and components. This allows us to deliver exactly those vehicles that our customers need within the shortest turnaround time,” notes Kleynhans.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks are characterised by extremely versatile vehicle concepts. At the same time there is a common thread that runs through the product portfolio: Mercedes-Benz engineering excellence.

Mercedes-Benz Defence Vehicles are characterised by their robustness, reliability, and advanced propulsion technology. Optimal interaction between high-performance drivetrain components means that high-mobility vehicles from Mercedes-Benz keep moving in many different and challenging terrains.

Full defence capability at maximum cost efficiency

Militaries throughout the world focus increasingly on the operating costs, which represent a significant part of any vehicle’s life-cycle costs. Mercedes-Benz provides vehicles that deliver full defence capability at maximum cost efficiency. Our research and development team studies the imminent and future needs of our military clients to ensure that tomorrow’s vehicles are equipped for varying demands.

Mercedes-Benz Defence Vehicles sees itself not only as a supplier of commercial vehicles, but also as a sustainable partner of modern military forces.

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