Mowag Duro

The MOWAG DURO (Durable Robust) is a tactical military vehicle in both four and six wheel drive. Initially developed for Switzerland by Bucher-Guyer AG in Niederweningen, Switzerland. An initial 3,000 vehicles order for the Swiss Armed Forces came through in 1994. In January 2003 the production was transferred to MOWAG in Kreuzlingen. Over 4,000 DURO 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles are now in service worldwide. Main customers are Switzerland, Germany, Venezuela, and the UK. In addition to these, the vehicle is used in many other countries for special purposes. The latest versions are the DURO II and DURO III. Germany has ordered the DURO IIIP 6x6 ballistic and mine protected version.

Mowag Duro
Class Vehicle
Type Transport
Manufacturer Mowag
Origin Switzerland
Country Name Origin Year
Switzerland 1994
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Denmark View
Germany View
Ireland View
Switzerland 1994 View
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) View
Venezuela View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Mowag 1994 4000 View

The DURO II 6X6 has been in service with the Irish Army since 2004 in two variants; a mobile workshops vehicle for armourers and an armoured EOD vehicle.

The DURO II has been shown not to be the most reliable vehicle on service with the Irish Army; although when the vehicle is serviceable it is very capable especially off road. Both variants have shown themselves to be prone to electrical faults and the armoured variant is too heavy for the vehicles suspension and braking system. In service with the Irish Army in Kosovo the vehicles have frequently been off the road for long periods at a time since two of them were deployed there in 2006 in order to support one IEDD team, typically speaking one team would only need one EOD vehicle but given the problems with the DURO II it was felt necessary to deploy two in order to maintain operational capability. This would seem to be mainly due to the long lead time for parts from the manufacturer and the aforementioned issues arising from the suspension and braking system not being able to handle the extra load of the armour. German troops have also reported similar reliability problems with DURO trucks in service with the German Army.

Place of origin Switzerland
Service history
In service 1994 - Present
Used by Switzerland, Germany,Venezuela, UK, Ireland, Denmark
Production history
Designer Bucher-Guyer AG
Designed 1994
Manufacturer Bucher-Guyer AG, 1994-2003
MOWAG, 2003-
Produced 1994 - Present
Number built 4000
Variants DURO III 4x4
Weight 4800 kg
Length 5.5m
 length 3.53m (wheelbase)
Width 2.16m
Height 2.65m
Crew 2+
remote weapon system
Engine Cummins ISBe 5.9L
184 kW (250 hp)
Power/weight 27.8 HP/t
Payload capacity 4200 kg
Transmission Allison 2500SP
Suspension 4x4 wheeled
Ground clearance .4m
Fuel capacity 180 liters
Speed 100 km/h

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