ATF Dingo

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This article is about the German infantry mobility vehicle. For the British reconnaissance vehicle, see Daimler Dingo. For the Australian armoured car, see Dingo (scout car).
Dingo 2
Dingo 2.jpg
ATF Dingo 2 with a mounted machine gun
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)[1]
Weight 8.8 - 11.9 t

5.45 m (short)

6.08 m (long)[2]
Width 2.3 m
Height 2.5 m
Crew 5 (short)
8 (long)

Engine Diesel
160 kW
Suspension 4x4
1,000 km
Speed 90+ km/h

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.[3]


The ATF Dingo has a modular design with five elements: chassis, protection cell, storage space, engine compartment, and 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 tarpaulin is used over the back storage area instead of metal to save weight.

The Dingo's standard armament is a Rheinmetall MG3 7.62 mm machine gun in a remote-controlled turret on the top of the vehicle, borrowed from KMW's Fennek. The operator sits safely inside the cabin, sighting the weapon with periscopes.

Recently the Bundeswehr ordered several hundred fully remote-controlled weapons stations from KMW, for its Dingos and other armored vehicles: the light "FLW 100" (for the MG3 or the Heckler & Koch MG4), and the heavy "FLW 200" (for the M3M .50 BMG or the HK GMG automatic grenade launcher). The weapons station is controlled by an operator viewing a monitor inside the vehicle.

The ATF Dingo 2 is an advanced version of the Dingo, based on the upgraded Unimog U 5000 chassis with 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 eight personnel.


Map of ATF Dingo operators

Current operators[edit]

country version ordered options delivered[4]
 Germany - Bundeswehr Dingo 1 147 0 147
Dingo 2 A1/A2/A2.3 287 0 287
Dingo 2 BÜR (ground surveillance radar) 78 0 2
Dingo 2 A3 system repair 25 0 4
Dingo 2 C1 GSI battle damage repair 48 0 48 (by end 2010)
Dingo 2 A3.2 troop transport 45 0 45 (by end 2010)
Dingo 2 A3.2 operational intelligence 20 0 0, ordered 17.11.2010
Dingo 2 A3.3 troop transport 39 0 0, ordered 17.11.2010
 Germany - Federal Police of Germany Dingo 2 Polizei 2 0 2
 Belgium - Belgian Land Component Dingo 2 MPPV Fus (patroll) 158 0 158
Dingo 2 MPPV PC (mobile command post) 52 0 52
Dingo 2 MPPV ambulance 10 0 10
Dingo 2 (new variants) 0 66 0
 Luxembourg - Luxembourg Army Dingo 2 Protected Reconnaissance Vehicle 48 0 48
 Austria - Austrian Armed Forces Dingo 2 ATF 20 0 20
Dingo 2 AC NBC reconnaissance 12 0 12
Dingo 2 AC ambulance 3 0 3
 Czech Republic - Czech Army Dingo 2 A2 21 0 21
 Norway - Norwegian Army Dingo 2 A3 20 yes 10
Iraqi Kurdistan Kurdistan Regional Government - Peshmerga Dingo 1 15 0 5[5] [6]


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