The popular configuration of Pandur II is 8×8, with more interior space, it can carry up to 12 troops and can be equipped with up to 105mm weapons.
Austria is a Central European country, two-thirds of its territory is high mountains and grasslands of the Alps. Austria is considered the “heart” of Europe with borders adjacent to many countries such as Switzerland, Liechtenstien, Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy.
Austria is famous worldwide as one of the top richest countries, the defense industry of this beautiful country is also very respectable, their armored Pandur II vehicles are among the most powerful battle taxis.
Pandur II is a multi-purpose wheeled armored personnel carrier developed by the Austrian company Steyr-Daimler-Puch, which follows the first generation, the Pandur I. This armored vehicle is available in 6×6 and 8×8 configurations, which was mass-produced and exported in many versions.
In addition to transporters and wheeled infantry fighting vehicles, there are also reconnaissance, command, or armored medical vehicles.
The main users and licensed manufacturers of these armored personnel carriers are Austria, Portugal and the Czech Republic. Another operator of the Pandurs II is Indonesia, which has ordered several vehicles. In April 2019, a contract for 22 other vehicles was ordered by Indonesia which will be locally produced as Pindad Cobra 8×8.
In 6×6 configuration, a Pandur II can carry a team of 9 troops. The popular configuration of Pandur II is 8×8, with more interior space, it can carry up to 12 troops and can be equipped with up to 105mm weapons.
Pandur II is a modular vehicle, consisting of an all-welded steel hull with selectable armor thickness, protecting against 7.62 to 14.5 mm armor-piercing projectiles. Chassis, turret and weapons can be customized according to customer requirements.
The vehicle is designed to be transportable in a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The driver is seated on the left at the front and the engine is to the right. The driver is provided with a single piece hatch cover as well as three day periscopes, one of which can be replaced by a passive periscope for night missions.
The vehicle is fitted with a two-stage synchronized distribution gear box for both road and cross country use. Improved suspension will be fitted for optimum cross country mobility.
Pandur II 8×8 weighs 22 tons, the length is 7.54m, the width is 2.66m.
The vehicle is powered by a Cummins ISC 350 diesel engine, developing 285 horsepower. Pandur II can reach a maximum speed of 105 km/h on flat roads, operating range up to 700 km.
Both 6×6 and 8×8 variants use the same engine, which is installed at the front right of the vehicle and the driver’s station at the front left, it can be removed and replaced in battlefield conditions within 30 minutes.
Another diesel engine, developed 400 horsepower, is available as an option. All wheels are fitted with independent suspension. The wheels are fitted with dual circuit hydraulically operated disc brakes and anti-skid braking. A self-recovery winch is also fitted as standard.
Some variants of Pandur II are fully amphibious, these are fitted with two waterjets and trim vane, it can swim at a speed of 10 km/h. NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems are also optional.
The vehicle is designed to take a number of turret systems, it could be a cannon up to 105 mm or a 30 mm remote control cannon. Optional weapon fits include a two-man turret with automatic tracking, a day and night fire control system. There is a 7.62mm co-axial general purpose machine gun, and two launch Pods for Spike-LR multi-purpose missiles, as well as various thermal sensors, other optics, and defensive systems.
Overall, Pandur II is the perfect upgrade when compared to its predecessor Pandur I. The vehicle can be airlifted on C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, ready to engage in field missions.
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