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The ATF Dingo is a German heavily armored military MRAP[3] infantry mobility vehicle based on a Unimog chassis with a V-hull design, produced by the company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). 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 Australian native dog, the dingo. Currently KMW is developing the Dingo 2 GFF for the German Army with increased internal volume.

Dingo 2
Dingo 2.jpg
ATF Dingo 2 with a mounted machine gun
TypeInfantry mobility vehicle
Place of originGermany
Service history
Used byOperators
WarsWar in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Production history
ManufacturerKrauss-Maffei Wegmann
Unit cost~$500,000 (2006)[1]
Specifications
Mass8.8 - 11.9 t
Length5.45 m (short)
6.08 m (long)[2]
Width2.3 m
Height2.5 m
Crew5 (short)
8 (long)

ArmorMEXAS
EngineDiesel
160 kW
Suspension4x4
Operational
range
1,000 km
Speed90+ km/h

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.[4]

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DesignEdit

The ATF Dingo has a modular design with five elements: chassis, protection cell, storage space, engine compartment, and 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. IBD's layered MEXAS is used and the windows are angled to deflect blasts and bullets. A tarpaulin is used over the back storage area instead of metal to save weight.

The Dingo's standard armament is a Rheinmetall MG3 7.62 mm machine gun in a remote-controlled turret on the top of the vehicle, borrowed from KMW's Fennek. The operator sits safely inside the cabin, controlling the weapon with an electro-optical sight with night vision capability.

In 2008 the Bundeswehr ordered several hundred fully remote-controlled weapons stations from KMW, for its Dingos and other armored vehicles: the light FLW 100 (for the MG3 or the Heckler & Koch MG4), and the heavy FLW 200 (for the M3M .50 BMG or the HK GMG automatic grenade launcher). The weapons station is controlled by an operator viewing a monitor inside the vehicle.

The ATF Dingo 2 is an advanced version of the Dingo, based on the upgraded Unimog U 5000 chassis with 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 eight personnel.

OperatorsEdit

 
Map of ATF Dingo operators

Current operatorsEdit

country version ordered options delivered[5] notes
  Germany - Bundeswehr (Army) Dingo 1 147 0 147
Dingo 2 A1/A2/A2.3 287 0 287
Dingo 2 BÜR (ground surveillance radar) 78 0 2
Dingo 2 A3 system repair 25 0 4
Dingo 2 C1 GSI battle damage repair 48 0 48 deliv. by end 2010
Dingo 2 A3.2 troop transport 45 0 45 deliv. by end 2010
Dingo 2 A3.2 operational intelligence 20 0 0 ordered 17.11.2010
Dingo 2 A3.3 troop transport 39 0 0 ordered 17.11.2010
  Germany - Federal Police Dingo 2 Polizei 2 0 2
  Belgium - Belgian Land Component Dingo 2 MPPV Fus (patrol) 158 0 158
Dingo 2 MPPV PC (mobile command post) 52 0 52
Dingo 2 MPPV ambulance 10 0 10
Dingo 2 (new variants) 0 66 0
  Luxembourg - Luxembourg Army Dingo 2 Protected Reconnaissance Vehicle 48 0 48
  Austria - Austrian Armed Forces Dingo 2 ATF 60 0 60
Dingo 2 AC NBC reconnaissance 12 0 12
Dingo 2 AC ambulance 3 0 3
  Czech Republic - Czech Army Dingo 2 A2 21 0 21
  Norway - Norwegian Army Dingo 2 A3 20 yes 20
  Iraq -Iraqi Army & Peshmerga Dingo 1 20 0 20 [6][7]
  Qatar - Qatari Army Unknown 13 0 Unknown [8]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dingo - All Protected Vehicle (APV)". Defense Update. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  2. ^ Krauss-Maffei Wegmann – DINGO 2 – Ihr Partner rund um Wehrtechnik Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ http://www.military-today.com/apc/dingo_2.htm
  4. ^ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-6037098_ITM
  5. ^ http://www.strategie-technik.de/08_10/heer.pdf[permanent dead link], retrieved 15 November 2010
  6. ^ http://www.bild.de/politik/inland/isis/diese-waffen-liefert-deutschland-an-die-kurden-37478284.bild.html
  7. ^ http://www.bundeswehr.de/portal/a/bwde/!ut/p/c4/NYvLCsIwEEX_KNOID3Rn6MaduNG4KdNmKME8SjKxIH68ycJ74WzOvfCE2oBvOyPbGNDBA_RkT-MqxtWQwBcXco6ywJIHQ34gGzLyB-7tWRdTDMSNTIFt5ZyQYxJLTOyaKSlVI6wB3cleyUP3j_we9VVtN91-11_UDRbvzz-MsZiD/
  8. ^ Nkala, Oscar. "Germany approves export of military vehicles, small arms to Algeria". Defenceweb. Retrieved 12 November 2015.

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