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Haflinger

Light utility vehicle

Haflinger

The Austrian Haflinger 4x4 light vehicle proved to be very successful

 
 
Entered service 1959
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 635 kg
Payload capacity 515 kg
Length ~ 3.5 m
Width 1.5 m
Height ~ 1.7 m
Mobility
Engine 0.6-liter petrol
Engine power 22 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 65 km/h
Range ~ 330 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 65%
Side slope 45%
Vertical step 0.3 m
Trench ~ 0.3 m
Fording 0.5 m

 

   The Haflinger is a series of 4x4 light utility vehicles, produced by Steyr-Puch. It was designed to replace the WWII era jeeps. It is worth noting that the Steyr-Puch produced this vehicle alone, without the input of the Daimler-Benz. The Haflinger vehicle is named after a breed of Austrian horses, that are small, but well-muscled and energetic. Vehicle was produced at Graz in Austria. Production commenced in 1959 and ceased in 1975. This 4x4 vehicle proved to be very successful. Over 16 000 of these light utility vehicles were made. Approximately 7 000 of these vehicles were used by the military. It was widely used by the Austrian Army. The Haflinger has been exported to Australia, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria, Switzerland United Kingdom (Royal Navy), and possibly some other countries. It was also available for civil customers and was exported to 35 countries all over the world. Concept of this vehicle was cloned by other manufacturers. Later the Steyr-Daimler-Puch introduced a larger Pinzgauer cross-country vehicle. It has a similar layout but is much larger.

   The Haflinger is a light multi-purpose cross-country vehicle. The chassis has a central tubular backbone construction. Engine is mounted at the rear. All wheels have independent suspension with swing-type axles. It has a very good ground clearance and exceptionally low center of gravity. The Haflinger can make progress if at least one wheel has a contact with the ground. Vehicle has an off-road payload capacity of about 515 kg, depending on the version. Due to its compact dimensions it could be easily airlifted.

   The baseline Haflinger 700 AP model is a troop and cargo carrier. It accommodates driver and three passengers. Soldiers are seated on collapsible seats, that can be folded down in order to carry cargo. Alternatively can also carry driver, one passenger and two stretchers. Vehicle has a canvas cover. A windscreen can be folded over the bonnet in order to reduce height of the vehicle. The Haflinger can tow a dedicated trailer or light artillery pieces with a maximum weight of 350 kg, such as mortars. Version with a dedicated trailer was used by Australian armed forces.

   There was an Austrian Army radio equipment carrier version. Versions of the Haflinger were used as weapon carriers. There were Austrian versions, fitted with a 12.7-mm machine gun, M18 57-mm recoilless rifle, Mosquito anti-tank guided missiles. Switzerland also operated Haflinger fitted with Mosquite missiles, however it was different comparing with the Austrian Army version. Swedish Army operated Haflinger vehicles fitted with Bofors PV1110 90-mm recoilless rifle and Bantam anti-tank guided missiles.

   There is a Haflinger long wheelbase version. It can carry driver plus five passengers. Also there is a version with a solid fiberglass cab.

   The Haflinger is powered by a 0.6-liter air-cooled engine, developing 22 hp. The same engine was utilized from a Puch 500/650 small passenger car. Gearbox of the original Series I vehicles had 4 forward and 1 reverse gear, including an extra-low crawler gear. Later on a Series II vehicles it was replaced by a 5-speed gearbox with 5 forward and 1 reverse gears. This model was produced since 1966. Winch was fitted as an option. The Haflinger could be fitted with various add-on equipment, such as snow plough, welding equipment and so on.

   Numerous variants of the Haflinger have been produced.

 

Variants

 

   Series I. Original vehicles, produced since 1959. These had a 4-speed gearbox;

   Series II. These vehicles were produced since 1966. Vehicle has engine with higher output, developing 27 hp. It is fitted with a 5-speed gearbox. It has a maximum speed of 75 km/h. The petrol tank was repositioned. Some of these vehicles have doors;

   6x6 version of the Haflinger.

 

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