Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has updated its Dingo family of protected vehicles with the 6x6 Dingo 2 Heavy Duty (HD) platform.
The original Dingo is a 4x4 vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG chassis. More than 1,000 vehicles have been manufactured for the home and export markets with customers in seven countries.
In contrast, the Dingo 2 HD is based on the UNIMOG FGA20 chassis and features increased payload with a maximum gross vehicle weight of up to 20,000 kg. A raised roof line to the rear of the commander’s and driver’s position increases its volume for mission flexibility, while a central tyre inflation system is fitted as standard to improve cross-country mobility.
The first example of the Dingo 2 HD has been shown configured as a troop carrier/ambulance platform, which features a rear-mounted power-operated ramp that enables the dismounts to rapidly enter or leave the vehicle as well as load and unload stretchers.
The protected engine compartment houses a 240 kW diesel engine coupled to a fully automatic transmission.
The vehicle can carry a maximum of 10 dismounts in the rear – seated on inward-facing blast attenuating seats – when configured as an armoured personnel carrier (APC).
Communications and weapons fit is normally specified by the customer, but a typical weapons fit comprises a roof-mounted remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun (MG), or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL).
The baseline steel hull is fitted with an appliqué armour package.
Qatar is the launch customer for the Dingo 2 HD, having taken delivery of 14 vehicles in three versions, ambulance, command post, and radar reconnaissance vehicle. These vehicles have also been optimised for use in high-ambient temperatures.
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