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13 September 2012

ILA 2012 – DINGO Protection in the 10-Tonne Class

At ILA Air Show, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) is demonstrating, in Hall 3, how uncompromising safety can be implemented in the 10t class. As well as the helicopter-transportable vehicles in the MUNGO family, KMW and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) also offer a highly mobile, armoured vehicle in the 10tclass: the Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).

Based on many years of cooperation with the German Army, the two companies have developed a command vehicle that handles the same as a modern SUV and yet perfectly satisfies the varied tasks of a modern Army. Following intensive and extensive qualification tests at the German military service centres WTD 41 in Trier and WTD 91 in Meppen, it is clear that the AMPV sets international standards when it comes to protection and mobility. This makes it one of the new generation of vehicles that are tailoured even more closely to the modified framework conditions of international deployments. With a payload of 2.3t and a total weight of 10t, the AMPV boasts protection against mines, IEDs and ballistics that is comparable with heavier vehicles, such as the DINGO 2 from KMW.

A series of other features add to the particular appeal of this ultra-flexible vehicle: a small turning circle coupled with a 200kW (272HP) engine ensure maximum mobility, even in difficult terrain. The automatic transmission with differential lock management makes life much easier for the driver.

The AMPV patrol vehicle shown here is the first representative of a carefully planned family of vehicles. Other variations such as equipment carriers with fully-protected loading bays or pick-up variants offer potential for development. For users, the vehicle family offers a standardised concept that delivers a variety of benefits, particularly with regard to operation, training and logistics.

The AMPV patrol vehicle on exercises in the uplands of Chile (Photo: KMW)