In addition to providing a wide range of military trucks, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks (Stand 09-A21) is a supplier of complete running chassis to other contractors, who then apply their own bodies. The latter can be armoured or normal military cargo truck-type bodies to the rear of the engine compartment.
User requirements for vehicles with more volume and payload have led Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks to develop and place in production the FGA 14.5 (4x4) chassis. According to the company, the FGA 14.5 is its first vehicle to be produced without conventional bulbs, and instead offers customers energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The chassis is powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM 926 diesel engine developing 225kW that is coupled to a fully automatic transmission with two different reduction options: basic and off-road. Vehicles today require more electrical power to cope with the installation of an increasing amount of onboard equipment such as air-conditioning systems, battle management and communications and in some cases remote weapon stations. To cope with these increased power requirements, the FGA 14.5 chassis is fitted with an alternator with a capacity of 355A.
The design of the FGA 14.5 chassis is such that it can take a body and its associated crew and subsystems with a maximum weight of 8.5 tonnes.
The development and production of the chassis enable Mercedes- Benz Special Trucks to offer a much wider range of truck chassis for military and civilian requirements. The company continues to supply its UNIMOG chassis, which is used by a large number of contractors.
The Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Dingo All Protected Vehicle, of which more than 1,000 have now been built for the home and export markets, employs a UNIMOG 4x4 chassis, while the 6x6 version is used for an export customer for the Nexter Systems CAESAR 155mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery system.