Watch the latest cutting edge defence and aerospace technologies built in Africa for the world. See how Paramount Group, the African based global defence company, is shaping the future of land, sea and air missions. Paramount Group is a group of companies operating in the global defence, internal security and peacekeeping industries. It was founded in South Africa in 1994 and offers a range of armoured vehicles, military aircraft, equipment and training to governments. The company was founded by South African entrepreneur and industrialist Ivor Ichikowitz. The Group is based in South Africa, with its headquarters in Sandton.
Paramount Group consists of four business units; Maritime, Combat systems, aerospace, and advanced technologies.Paramount Group manufactures a range of armoured vehicles – the Maverick, Mbombe, Matador and Marauder and in 2011 unveiled the AHRLAC, a long-range reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft. AHRLAC is the first military fixed-wing aircraft to be designed and built from scratch in Africa.
The business has government clients in 28 countries, across five continents and partnerships with leading international defence and aerospace players, including Aerosud Holdings Ltd, its partner in the development of AHRLAC and Advanced Technology and Engineering Co. (ATE). In 2014 Paramount Group and Boeing signed a memorandum of collaboration to develop products together in areas such as humanitarian aid, disaster relief, anti-poaching and border protection.
Paramount Group’s Marauder featured in an episode of the BBC’s Top Gear programme. Television show presenter Richard Hammond took the vehicle on a test drive in South Africa to put the vehicle through its paces in comparison to a Humvee in a bid to find ‘the world’s toughest car.’ The programme was broadcast in July 2011.