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Wiesel 2

Airportable armored vehicle

Wiesel 2

The Wiesel 2 is a multi-purpose carrier, used for a wide range of missions

 
 
Country of origin Germany
Entered service 2001
Crew 2 - 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight Depends on version
Length 4.2 m
Width 1.85 m
Height 1.7 - 2.11 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm
Mobility
Engine Volkswagen diesel
Engine power 109 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 286 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.4 m
Trench 1.5 m
Fording 0.5 m

 

   The Wiesel 2 (weasel) airportable armored vehicle is a further development of the Wiesel 1. The Wiesel 2 has an extended hull and more powerful engine. Also it has improved armor protection. It is currently in service with German army. As of 2015 the Wiesel 2 has not been exported.

  The Wiesel 2 is a multi-purpose carrier, used for a wide range of missions, including reconnaissance, command and control, battlefield surveillance, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapon carrier.

   Vehicle offers better protection for the crew, comparing with its predecessor. It is also fitted with an NBC protection system.

   An APC variant the Wiesel 2 can carry 4 fully equipped troops. It has a roof mounted cupola armed with an externally mounted 7.62 mm machine gun. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via two doors in the rear.

   Vehicle is powered by Volkswagen turbocharged diesel engine, developing 109 horsepower. The Wiesel 2 can be easily distinguished from the previous variant by extra road wheel from either side of the hull.

   The vehicle is fully airportable internally by a CH-53 helicopter. It can be also carried underslung by this helicopter. It is worth noting that CH-53G helicopters are widely used in the German army. The Wiesel 2 can be also airlifted by military transport aircraft.

 

Variants

 

   Armored personnel carrier. It has a crew of two and carry 4 fully-equipped troops. It has a roof mounted cupola armed with an externally mounted 7.62 mm machine gun.

   Ambulance.

   Command vehicle.

   LePzMrs 120 mm, mortar carrier, fitted with 120 mm mortar. German army ordered 20 of these mortar carriers.

   Improved mortar carrier, fitted with external supports.

   Ammunition resupply vehicle.

   Argus - armored reconnaissance vehicle.

   Pionier - combat engineering reconnaissance vehicle.

   Primus - reconnaissance and fire control vehicle.

   ATM HOT - anti-tank missile carrier, fitted with HOT missiles. Never reached production.

   BF/UF - air defense unit command post.

   AFF - air defense radar.

   Ozelot - air defense missile system.

 

 

 

 
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