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Dingo All Protected Vehicle (APV)

The general protection vehicle (ATF) DINGO 1 was introduced to the Bundeswehr in the year 2000 in order to close the gap between light unarmored transport vehicles and the lightly armored tanks. The practical test for the DINGO 1 came shortly after, during its deployment in the NATO-led KFOR-mission, after the end of the Kosovo war. The DINGO 1 is conceptualized for the transport of five soldiers, comprises an air conditioning system, an auxiliary heating system, a tire pressure control system, ABS brakes, a rear view camera, a GPS-navigation system as well as a radio transmitting system and an intercom. Optional armament are the 40mm grenade launcher (GMW) or a .50 caliber machine gun.

The dingo, or native dog, is a curiously exasperating animal, even in appearance. As his alternative name implies, he is very like a dog. In color he bears a close resemblance to a fox, and is generally of a light brickish red, though the hue varies, and dingoes almost white have been captured. He has the sharp nose of the fox, but his forehead is much more prominent, and bulges out like that of a bulldog. His build is admirably adapted for traveling long distances, and again like the fox, he is almost tireless. The ordinary house dog is as a rule greatly afraid of the dingo. The dingo is found all over the continent of Australia, and is indigenous; but he abounds in greatest plenty in the scrub-covered districts of New South Wales. The dingo has a peculiar, shrill yelp, long-sustained, that once heard is never forgotten. It is in a very high key, and is so clear and piercing that it can be heard for a long distance. The dingo is probably the greatest pest that the Australian sheep farmer has had to contend with. They sally out in bands at night to prey upon the sheep of the neighboring partially cleared stations. The havoc wrought among a flock of lambing ewes in one night by a pack of dingoes is very great. The unfortunate sheep are chased to death, scattered all over the paddock, and bitten, maimed and killed in scores. To give the dingo his due, as soon as he brings a sheep down he usually stops and has his meal and goes off contented.

The safety of soldiers is a prime objective in military missions. Wth the DINGO family Krauss-Maffei Wegmann have designed a highly mobile wheeled vehicle that uncompromisingly matches this challenge with its protection concept. In cooperation with the German defense engineering authorities, the DINGO was tested and qualified in compliance with official testing conditions.

Within the framework of ample tests against ballistic threats, anti-tank mines, artillerie fragments and IEDs, the vehicle impressively proved its outstanding qualities. During these tests it was able to lower the risk of injury for the soldiers below the stipulated level. The DINGO family therefore boasts a level of protection unprecedented by other vehicles of its class.

Direct protection of the passengers from shockwaves and ballistic threats is guaranteed by KMW through the safety cell. A mine-safe seating system prohibits the transfer of kinetic energy from explosions to the crew. In addition, the optimized protected storage concept for mission and personal equipment protects the passengers from secondary effects of mine and IED shockwaves. Combat tires with run-flat elements permit a sufficient residual mobility of above 50 km/h, in the case of a loss of pressure or even in the case of destroyed tire casings. Thereby, it is ensured that the vehicle can exit the immediate risk environment of its own accord after an attack.


As a consequent evolution of the DINGO 1, which has been in use since 2001, the DINGO 2 is the safest and best-protected wheeled vehicle in its class. Several international users rely on its optimal balance of protection, mobility and payload. Both DINGO models demonstrated their outstanding performance on extremely difficult terrains and under extreme climatic conditions during operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina (SFOR), Macedonia (TFF), Kosovo (KFOR), Lebanon (UNIFIL), Chad (now MINURCAT) and last but not least in Afghanistan (ISAF). Both the ease of air transfer and the high tactical mobility of the DINGO are significant advantages for these deployments.

The main focus in the development and continuous improvement of the DINGO 2 lies in protecting the crew. Thanks to its modular structure, the DINGO squares up to the operational reality of constantly growing and changing threats. The innovative design of the crew safety cell makes the v-shaped floor, which is common to most conventional mine-protected armoured vehicles, obsolete. KMW guarantees direct crew protection from blasts and ballistic threats through this safety cell. A mine-proof seat system prevents the transfer of explosion energy to crew members. The protection-optimised retaining concept for equipment and personal effects also protects the occupants from the secondary effects of mines and IED blasts.

The secrets to the success of the DINGO 2 are its first-class protection and mobility characteristics and its variable equipment concept, which allows specific equipping for current as well as future mission profiles. Just like the broad range of equipment options, the protection cell can also be adapted to suit the needs of the customer. The patrol vehicle cell is offered in various designs for up to 8 occupants, while the large volume cell features doors to the sides and rear and can accommodate a variety of equipment such as a command post, NBC reconnaissance or ambulance.

The modular flexibility of the DINGO 2 also allows the development of additional variants for special mission requirements. For instance, the DINGO 2 ground surveillance vehicle (BR) combines a high-performance radar system with the protection and mobility characteristics of the vehicle family. The DINGO 2 Pickup is a heavily-protected, highly mobile logistics vehicle with a payload of up to three tons.

Increased performance and higher payload. The new HD version of the DINGO provides a significantly higher payload of up to 3 tonnes - with the same outer dimensions as the previous DINGO 2. The gross vehicle weight has increased to 14.5 t. Based on a new Unimog chassis with a powerful 225 kW, 6-cylinder engine and a fully automatic transmission, a variety of new mission-specific variants can be realized while maintaining the well-known and leading international protection concept. The logistical concept of the DINGO 2 HD seamlessly builds upon the already established DINGO versions. This allows the user nations to continue with a consistent and cost-effective maintenance of all of their vehicles from the DINGO family.

The DINGO 2 is also an ideal platform for civilian security and humanitarian support teams that are deployed for operations in high-threat regions. The DINGO 2 Police is being successfully deployed by its first customer. By 2012 more than 800 high-performance all-protected transport vehicles were under contract with 6 different nations (Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Norway and Austria).

Specifications DINGO 2
Weight 12.5 t
Engine power 163 kW
Cruising range > 1000 km
Maximum speed > 90 km/h
Height (to roof) 2,5 m
Length 6,8 m
Width 2,3 m
Crew up to 8
Armament Remote-control weapon station with MG 5.56 / 7.62 / 12.7 mm or
40 mm grenade launcher
  • Patrol and security missions
  • Armoured ambulance
  • Reconnaissance missions
  • Surveillance and support missions
  • Transport operations
  • Deployment and evacuation support
  • Combat damage repair
  • NBC detection missions

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