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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

 
 
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;

   BF/UF - air defense unit command post;

   AFF - air defense radar;

   Ozelot - air defense missile system.

 

Video of the Wiesel 2 armored mortar carrier

 

 
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Wiesel 2 Ozelot

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