The Taipan is derived from the Mamba by Reumech of South Africa; Reumech holds 49% of ASVS. Like the BAeA Foxhound, one of its rivals in Bushranger, the Taipan uses the chassis and running gear of the Mercedes Benz Unimog U2150L. The Australian Army already uses Unimog 4x4 (and soon 6x6) trucks.
Taipan carries a crew of two with up to nine on the rear compartment. Entrance is by the rear door only and the flanks of the vehicle are taken up with storage bins. Heating, air-conditioning and a chilled water unit are fitted in view of Australia's range of climates. Spare wheels are mounted at each side of the rear body.
Protection against 14kg of TNT detonated under the vehicle and against small arms fire is claimed; extra armour can be fitted.
Manufacturer's Specifications: ASVS Taipan 1996.
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