MUNICH --- On September 30, 2004 a contract for the supply of twenty Dingo 2 APC vehicles was signed in Vienna between Austria’s Ministry of Defence and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).
Dingo 2, a four-wheel drive all-round protected APC, offers a high level of mobility as well as providing the vehicle occupants with protection against modern hand-held infantry firearms, artillery shrapnels and shell splinters, and anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. Dingo 2 can accommodate up to eight fully equipped soldiers and has a top speed of 90 km/h and a range of around 1000 km. It can be carried in the C-130 and A400M transport aircraft and can be air-lifted using the CH47 Chinook helicopter.
Another outstanding feature of the Dingo 2 is the high off-road-capability profided by the UNIMOG chassis which forms its basis and which guarantees excellent maneuverability on bendy roads and in severe terrain. The fact that this chassis unit is a commercially available product makes the vehicle both cost-effective and easy to maintain. The manufacturer also guarantees worldwide availability of spare parts throughout the vehicle's service-life.
The Dingo 2 is equipped with air-conditioning, a parking heating system, ABS, a rear-view camera, a GPS-based navigation system, a modern radio and outboard intercom system and a overpressure NBC protection system.
The twenty vehicles for the Austrian forces will be fitted with an equipment kit for eight soldiers. The first Dingo 2 is scheduled for handover to Austria in December, 2004, with the remaining nineteen vehicles following in 2005.
Austria’s Ministry of Defence is the first foreign customer to opt for the high all-round protection and excellent mobility offered by the new generation Dingo 2. The vehicle also makes a significant contribution to the achievement of interoperability vital for modern-day missions.