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Dingo 2
Dingo 2.jpg
Place of origin  Germany
Service history
Used by German Army, Austrian Army, Belgian Army, Czech Army
Production history
Manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
Specifications
Weight 8.8 - 11.9 t
Length 5.45 m (short)


6.8 m (long)[1]

Width 2.3 m
Height 2.5 m
Crew 5 (short)


8 (long)


Engine Diesel
160 kW
Suspension 4x4
Operational
range
1000 km
Speed 90+ km/h

The ATF Dingo is a German heavily armored military infantry mobility vehicle based on a Unimog chassis with a V-hull design, produced by the company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. It is designed to withstand land mines, rifle fire, artillery fragments and NBC-threats. ATF stands for Allschutz-Transport-Fahrzeug, meaning all-protected transport vehicle in German. It is named after the wild dog dingo.

The ATF Dingo has a modular design of the following five elements: chassis, protection cell, storage space, engine compartment, and its bottom mine blast deflector. Its design is lighter and includes an armored chassis with a blast pan instead of the more common monocoque hull found in modern blast resistant vehicles. KMW's layered Modular Expandable Armor System (MEXAS) is used and the windows are angled to deflect blasts and bullets. A tarp is used over the back storage area instead of metal to save weight.

A mechanical weapons station utilizing periscopes, borrowed from KMW's Fennek, is located on the top of the vehicle. The weapons station allows the operator to sit safely inside the cabin. Recently the Bundeswehr ordered several hundreds of fully remote-controlled weapons stations from KMW for its Dingos and other armoured vehicles. - The light "FLW 100" (for the MG3 or the MG4) and the heavy "FLW 200" (for the M3M or the HK GMG). The weapons stations are automatically controlled via a monitor inside the vehicle.

The ATF Dingo 2 is an advanced version of the Dingo based on the upgraded Unimog U 5000 chassis, that offers improved protection and more payload. It is offered in two versions with 3,250 (3.5 tonnes payload) and 3,850 mm (4 tonnes payload) wheelbase. The Dingo 2 can seat 8 personnel.

Currently KMW is developing the Dingo 2 GFF for the German Army with increased internal volume.

The Dingo's standard armament is a remote controlled Rheinmetall MG3 machine gun turret. The 7.62 mm MG can be replaced with a 12.7 mm MG or a HK GMG automatic grenade launcher.

Textron signed an exclusive deal to produce and market KMW's Dingo in the United States. However, Textron chose its own more expensive and heavier M1117 Armored Security Vehicle for the MRAP competition, which did not receive a contract. [2]

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Operators

  •  Austria - 20 Dingo 2
  •  Belgium – 220 Dingo 2 (+ 132 options)
  •  Germany - 147 Dingo 1 and 240 Dingo 2 (deliveries until 2011), another 98 Dingo 2 (50 patrol vehicles and 48 battle damage-repair versions) were ordered in June 2008[3], plus further 80 Dingo 2 were ordered as ground radar surveillance platform in July 2006. A total of 593 Dingo 2s are planned for the Bundeswehr by 2013 (not including the planned Dingo 2 GFFs)
  •  Czech Republic - 19 Dingo 2
  •  Luxembourg - 48 Dingo 2 ordered (to be delivered between 2009 and 2010)

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