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ATF Experimental Vehicle

ATF Experimental Vehicle

ATF Experimental Vehicle (Source: BWB / WTS)Größere Abbildung anzeigen

In the mid-nineties, Krauss-Maffei developed a vehicle for the purpose of equipping the Bundeswehr in accordance with its new tasks and closing the gap in terms of equipment and technology for missions abroad between fully armored wheeled vehicles and light unarmored trucks with no modern mine protection. They developed an armored, mine-protected, air-transportable and lightly armed all-terrain wheeled vehicle which was initially referred to as a general-purpose carrier vehicle and later on as an all-protected carrier vehicle (APCV).

The vehicle is based on a commercial UNIMOG chassis which is inexpensive to procure and operate. The U100 L chassis used for this experimental vehicle, however, proved too weak, therefore the stronger U 1550 L type was used during the development phase, resulting in larger vehicle dimensions.

The Daimler Chrysler chassis used has a high degree of all-terrain mobility. Furthermore, its procurement and service use are cost-effective due to the fact that it is commercially available and due to its high production rates. Effective world-wide supportability of the chassis components is guaranteed by the global dealer/workshop network provided by this company.

With the comparatively light, mine-protected, air-transportable and all-terrain all-protected transport carrier resulting from this development which was called "DINGO" a convincing new approach was achieved for a modern armored all-terrain transport vehicle with a total weight of 8,860 kg in co-operation between the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. The DINGO is designed to transport 5 soldiers. The 7.62 mm caliber machine gun can be operated under armored protection. The vehicle is equipped with air conditioning, auxiliary heating, tire-pressure control, an antiskid breaking system, a rear view camera, a GPS navigation system, on-board radio sets and an external communication system.

Due to new, revised co-operation procedures between the Bundeswehr and industry delivery of the vehicles could start only nine months after contract signature. The delivery of the 147 vehicles lasted from 2000 until the year 2002. Against the backdrop of continuous terrorist actions, irregular forces, snipers and trap mines in the deployment area, DINGO is particularly suited for providing a high degree of protection and thus survivability for the German soldiers on operations abroad due to its balanced protection concept. Moreover, with the UNIMOG chassis, DINGO has a high degree of mobility and agility on difficult roads and terrain. The vehicle can easily move on narrow and windy roads on urban terrain because of its comparatively small dimensions. Moreover, DINGO is air-transportable in a C-160 Transall and can thus be quickly moved to the theater in question.

The DINGO APV is based on the results and the findings of different application-oriented research and technology projects of the German government and the efforts of Krauss-Maffei company (today Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) that have been undertaken since the mid-nineties. The project is a particular example of the successful combination of cost-effective commercial automotive technology and state-of-the-art military protection technology.

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