ATF Dingo

The ATF Dingo is a German heavily armored military infantry mobility vehicle based on a Unimog chassis with a V-hull design, produced by the company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). It is designed to withstand land mines, rifle fire, artillery fragments and NBC-threats. ATF stands for Allschutz-Transport-Fahrzeug, meaning all-protected transport vehicle in German. It is named after the Australian native dog, the dingo. Currently KMW is developing the Dingo 2 GFF for the German Army with increased internal volume.

Textron signed an exclusive deal to produce and market KMW's Dingo in the United States. However, Textron chose its own more expensive and heavier M1117 Armored Security Vehicle for the MRAP competition, which did not receive a contract.

ATF Dingo
Class Vehicle
Type Infantry Combat Vehicle
Manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 2010
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The ATF Dingo has a modular design of the following five elements: chassis, protection cell, storage space, engine compartment, and its bottom mine blast deflector. Its design is lighter and includes an armored chassis with a blast pan instead of the more common monocoque hull found in modern blast resistant vehicles. IBD's layered MEXAS is used and the windows are angled to deflect blasts and bullets. A tarp is used over the back storage area instead of metal to save weight.

A mechanical weapons station utilizing periscopes, borrowed from KMW's Fennek, is located on the top of the vehicle. The weapons station allows the operator to sit safely inside the cabin. Recently the Bundeswehr ordered several hundred, fully remote-controlled weapons stations from KMW, for its Dingos and other armoured vehicles. - The light "FLW 100" (for the MG3 or the MG4) and the heavy "FLW 200" (for the M3M or the HK GMG). The weapons stations are controlled via a monitor inside the vehicle.

The ATF Dingo 2 is an advanced version of the Dingo based on the upgraded Unimog U 5000 chassis, that offers improved protection and more payload. It is offered in two versions with 3,250 (3.5 tonnes payload) and 3,850 mm (4 tonnes payload) wheelbase. The Dingo 2 can seat 8 personnel.

The Dingo's standard armament is a remote controlled Rheinmetall MG3 machine gun turret. The 7.62 mm MG can be replaced with a 12.7 mm MG or a HK GMG automatic grenade launcher.

Type Infantry mobility vehicle
Place of origin Germany
Service history
Used by Operators
Wars War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Production history
Manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
Unit cost ~$500,000 (2006)
Specifications
Weight 8.8 - 11.9 t
Length 5.45 m (short)
6.08 m (long)
Width 2.3 m
Height 2.5 m
Crew 5 (short)
8 (long)
Armor MEXAS
Engine Diesel
160 kW
Suspension 4x4
Operational
range
1,000 km
Speed 90+ km/h

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