Germany's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Austria's Ministry of Defense signed a
contract for the supply of 20 Dingo 2 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) vehicles
in Vienna, Austria.
2 is a four-wheel drive, high on/off-road mobility, all around protected vehicle
designed to provide protection to the vehicle's passengers against infantry
small caliber firearms, artillery shrapnel and shell splinters, and
anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. The vehicle can accommodate up to 8 fully
equipped infantrymen, has a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) and a range around
1,000 kilometers (621 miles).
Dingo 2 is specially suitable for international peacekeeping operations such as
Afghanistan and Kosovo. The vehicle can be carried in a C-130 sized aircraft or
the eagerly awaited Airbus A400M. Additionally, Dingo 2 can be airlifted by the
CH-47 Chinook helicopter helping to improve its mobility in the tactical level.
The UNIMOG chassis is the basis of the Dingo 2 vehicle and guarantees its
excellent off-road mobility and maneuverability on bendy roads and in severe
terrain. The commercial UNIMOG chassis also ensures spare and repair parts
availability and low maintenance and repair costs throughout the vehicle's
Dingo 2 standard equipment includes air-conditioning, parking heating system,
ABS, a rear-view camera, a GPS-based navigation system, a modern radio and
outboard intercom system and a overpressure NBC protection system.
The first Dingo 2 vehicle will be delivered to the Austrian forces in December
this year. The remaining 19 vehicles will be delivered during 2005, totaling 20
vehicles. The Austrian decision is also meant to achieve interoperability, which
is considered a vital capability in modern military missions, with allied forces
such as the German Army. Currently, Germany operates or has on order 150 Dingo 1
and 55 Dingo 2 vehicles.
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