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The Condor is a 4×4 wheeled armoured personnel carrier originally designed by Thyssen-Henschel of Germany and manufactured by Henschel Wehrtechnik GmbH.[1] The first prototype was completed in 1978. The Condor was designed as a successor to its UR-416 APC. The uprated Condor 2 was first sold in 2004. Today, the Condor is considered a legacy product of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, part of Rheinmetall's Vehicle Systems Division.[2] The nearest vehicle to the Condor in RMMV's current product range is the Survivor R.

Condor APC
Malaysian Condor.jpg
A Condor of the Malaysian Army.
TypeArmoured personnel carrier
Place of originGermany
Specifications
Weight12.4 metric tons[1]
Length6.13 m[1]
Width2.47 m[1]
Height2.18 m[1]
Crew2+12

Main
armament
20 mm cannon
Secondary
armament
7.62 mm
EngineMercedes Benz OM352A / 6 cylinder
diesel engine[1]
168 hp (125 kW)
SuspensionPortal axle with coil spring and shock-absorbers[1]
Operational
range
900 km[1]
Speed95 km/h[1]

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DesignEdit

The Condor is designed primarily as an APC but it can also adopted for a variety of other roles including anti-tank, cargo carrier, command vehicle, ambulance, fitters' vehicle and reconnaissance vehicle. The Condor is based on the automotives of the Mercedes-Benz Unimog, the Condor 2 based on the Unimog U5000. The hull of the Condor is made of all-welded armoured steel protecting the crew from 7.62 mm armour-piercing (AP) rounds and 5.56 mm ball-type rounds, shell splinters and anti-personnel mines. The Condor is fully amphibious, propelled in the water by a propeller mounted under the rear of the hull. It is air-transportable in C-130 Hercules and in C-160 Transall type aircraft.[2][1]

In 2016, Deftech showed a working upgraded Condor prototype at the DSA 2016 convention.[3] A Condor prototype converted to serve as a logistics transport vehicle was unveiled at the DSA 2018 convention.[4]

OperatorsEdit

 
Map of Condor APC operators in blue

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor". militaryfactory.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor APC". IHS Jane's Christopher F Foss. 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  3. ^ http://www.armyrecognition.com/dsa_2016_official_online_show_daily_news/deftech_proposes_an_upgrade_version_of_condor_4x4_armoured_personnel_carrier_to_malaysian_army_12004164.html
  4. ^ http://www.armyrecognition.com/dsa_2018_news_official_show_daily/dsa_2018_new_condor_4x4_vehicle_logistic_support_variant_unveiled_by_deftech.html

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