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The distribution of the Egyptian armored ST 500 on the Egyptian armed forces branches

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Feb 13, 2012
ST-500 4x4 amored vehicle

ST-100 / ST-500 is a new generation of multi-role armored vehicles, which appeared for the first time during the activities of the Military and Defense Industries Exhibition EDEX 2018 in Cairo, and is produced at the "200 Military Company (armored production and repair)" in cooperation with the "International Marathon Group" “International Marathon United Technology Group IMUT”, an Egyptian private company, its former headquarters was in South Africa under the name SASKA, and was owned by an Egyptian businessman. The company began developing the armored vehicle in 2016, before moving to Egypt in 2018 and re-changing its brand under the name IMUT and entering into a partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Military Production.

ST-100 MRAPs to enter service with Egyptian Army

The Egyptian Army will soon take delivery of its first ST-100 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) armoured vehicles from Egypt’s IMUT.

According to Egyptian reports, the Deputy Chairman of Egyptian Military Factory No.200 recently said in a television interview that the ST-100 and ST-500 armoured vehicles will soon enter Egyptian Army service.

The ST-100 and ST-500 were showcased for the first time at the inaugural Egypt Defence Exhibition (Edex) in Cairo last month.

The vehicles are built by International Marathon United Technology Group (IMUT). They were developed in South Africa in 2016 by SAKSA Technologies, which was owned by an Egyptian businessman. The company was moved to Egypt in 2018 and rebranded as IMUT in partnership with the Egyptian military.

In December, IMUT President Michel Knight told Jane’s Defence Weekly that the Egyptian Armed Forces has shown serious interest in the ST-100 and had requested modifications before ordering it. Reham Fahmi, IMUT vice-president for strategic alliances, said the MRAP has already passed extensive protection tests carried out by the Egyptian Armed Forces, Jane’s reported.

The 4×4 ST-100 has a curb weight of 14 500 kg and payload of 3 500 kg. It is available in many different variants, including command and control, ambulance, patrol, 81 mm mortar, anti-tank (with six missiles), explosive ordnance disposal, communications and 107 mm rocket launcher. Optional extras include a soft kill active protection system, sniper detection system, battle management system and remote weapon station.

Standard seating for the ST-100 is driver, commander and three crewmembers in the patrol version and eight in the attack and intervention version. The vehicle has a double cab pickup layout, with four side doors and a rear door, although it does come with two side doors as well in the armoured personnel carrier version. Power plant is a Cummins ILS 8.9 litre diesel engine developing 450 hp and giving a top speed of 100-115 km/h and range of 700 km.
Additional armour can be fitted to give ballistic protection up to Stanag Level 4 (14.5 mm projectiles). Blast protection provides for 10 kg of TNT under the hull, 10 kg under a wheel and 50 kg at a side distance of 50 metres.

Optional extras include rocket launchers, mortars remotely controlled weapon stations, smoke grenade launchers and cameras. Power plant on the ST-500 is a Cummins QSB 6.7 litre diesel developing 275 hp and giving a top speed of 120-135 km/h.

According to IMUT, the company specialises in the design and integration of vehicle systems and is based in New Cairo, Egypt, but falls under a South African parent company. It will expand into the civil sector with heavy duty loaders and cranes, amongst others. It expects to soon begin manufacturing new armoured vehicle types in Egypt.


The ST-500 is the younger sister of ST-100 MRAP and works as a Light Tactical Vehicle LTV to transport soldiers, special forces or ambulance operations.

The vehicle can be armed with a remote-controlled weapon station equipped with multi-caliber guns, 30mm grenade launchers, an anti-tank missile launcher, or a mortar carrier other than smoke launchers.

The troops carrying version can accommodate 3 members of the main crew in addition to 5 other personnel and the ambulance version can accommodate 3 members of the crew in addition to two stretchers to carry the injured, either the mortar-carrying version or the rocket launcher can accommodate 3 members.

The vehicle weighs 8 tons and reaches 10.5 tons with the maximum load, and its length reaches 5.6 meters, its width is 2.4 meters, the height is 3.1 meters, and the maximum speed reaches 140 km / h and its range is 700 km.

The vehicle's BR6 / BR7 protection level stands 7.62 x 51 mm in its standard and piercing versions.

The vehicle is fitted with an American Cummins QSB 6.7 diesel engine with a capacity of 6700 cc turbocharged and generates 300 hp at 2500 rpm with an American Allison 3000 SP automatic transmission.. (Assembled in Egypt)..

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