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Rheinmetall Wisent

Armored transport vehicle


The Rheinmetall Wisent is a versatile multi-purpose armored transport vehicle

Entered service ?
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 2 / 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 26 t
Maximum load 6 t
Length 7.75 m
Width 2.55 m
Height 2.75 - 3.05 m
Engine MAN diesel
Engine power 430 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Range ~ 700 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench 0.6 ~ 1.4 m
Fording ~ 1 m


   The Wisent 8x8 armored transport vehicle was developed by Rheinmetall to meet a German Army requirement. The first vehicle was completed in 2008. Trials were expected to be completed in 2009. Wisent is a part of the GFF vehicle programme, which is intended for peace support operations and is broadly similar to the US MRAP programme. German Army requirement is for up to 250 wheeled armored vehicles of this type. The Rheinmetall Wisent is competing against the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Grizzly to meet this requirement. This new armored vehicle will complement the Boxer armored personnel carrier, which is currently in service with the Bundeswehr. However as of early 2013 none of these vehicles was ordered.

   The Rheinmetall Wisent fills the gap between the Dingo 2 MRAP and Boxer APC. Vehicle has a payload capacity of 6 000 kg.  It consists of three major sections: cab, central engine compartment and a rear removable mission module. The Rheinmetall Wisent can be fitted with various mission modules, depending on the mission requirement. It can be customized as troop transport, ambulance, command vehicle, or weapon carrier. Wisent has a crew of 2 - 3 men, seated inside the cab and provides accommodation for up to 10 troops inside the mission module.

   Forward cab and mission module have a high level of protection against various threats, including direct fire, artillery shell splinters, mine blasts and improvised explosive devices. It provides protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds and can withstand 8 kg mine explosion anywhere under the hull. The cab is fitted with NBC protection system.

   Vehicle can be fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with 7.62-mm, 12.7-mm machine guns or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. It is fired from the inside of the vehicle under complete armor protection.

   Chassis of this vehicle was developed by Rheinmetall. It incorporates a number of proven automotive components. Wisent is powered by a MAN turbocharged diesel engine, developing 430 hp. Engine is coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The front cab can be tilted forward for maintenance purposes. Wisent has adjustable passive suspension, however active suspension system is planned. Vehicle has a high cross-country mobility. When unloaded it is air transportable by the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. It can be also airlifted by the new Airbus A400M.

   Rheinmetall also proposes 6x6 and 10x10 versions of the Wiesent. The 10x10 version is available as a rough-terrain crane.






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