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Austria Chooses MTU Engine For AIFV (Jan. 10)

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN - MTU Friedrichshafen has developed a new engine series for military applications - the Series 199.

The engines will first come into service in the new "ULAN" armored infantry fighting vehicle for the Austrian federal armed forces. The federal ministry for national defense has already ordered 112 vehicles with an option for a further 48.

The "ULAN" is a tracked vehicle with a crew of 11 and powered by an 8V 199 engine (530 kW at 2300 rpm), giving the almost 25-tonnes vehicle a speed of about 70 km/h.

The new series is on offer as a 6 or 8V-cylinder version based on the Mercedes-Benz Series 500. The most important differences between the special military and the civil versions are components such as the oil pan, turbocharger, intercooler or oil-coolers which were either newly developed or re-configured.

The first prototype will combine an 8V 199 engine with a RENK transmission into a Powerpack and be delivered in November 1999. After the installation, the Austrian armed forces plan various extensive trials, the results of which will be integrated into the later series production of the engines at MTU.

At the series stage, the company will deliver engines plus the running-gear components for the Powerpack production at the vehicle manufacturer.


New MTU Engine Series 199 for Military Applications: 112 Engines for "Ulan" Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles