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Mungo

Light airborne armored vehicle

Mungo ESK

The Mungo is an air transportable, protected, multi-purposed vehicle designed for paratroopers

 
 
Entered service 2005
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 3.45 t
Maximum load 1.85 t
Length 4.22 m
Width 1.85 m
Height 2.25 m
Mobility
Engine 2.8-liter diesel
Engine power 105 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.4 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The Mungo (mongoose) is  a German air transportable multi-purpose transport vehicle. The Mungo is armored and highly mobile. It was jointly designed by Kraus-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall specially for the German paratroopers. The Mungo is intended to be used in 30-40 km radius around dropzones. Eventually this transport vehicle was adopted by the German Army. The US Marine Corps bought some Mungos for trials and evaluation.

   The Mungo offers better protection than most smaller 4x4 light utility vehicles. It has armored sides. It also offers high level of protecion against anti-personnel mines. Add-on armor against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds can be installed. Sometimes a 7.62-mm machine gun is mounted on top of the roof. Troops can use their weapons to shoot out of the vehicle.

   This light utility vehicle can transport ten troops or 2 000 kg of cargo. It can be converted into cargo truck in less than 5 minutes.

   Mungo uses commercially available Multicar 4x4 chassis. Vehicle is powered by a 2.8-liter diesel engine, developing 105 hp. It is worth mentioning that Mungos had not proved practical in Afghanistan. Suspensions and axles of the Mungo have been criticized as being not enugh robust. This light transport vehicle can be airlifted underslung by the CH-47 Chinook and CH-53G helicopters or inside most medium transport aircraft.

 

Variants

 

   Mungo 1 basic troop carrying variant;

   Mungo 2 multi-purpose platform, which can be used as supply carrier, repair vehicle, NBC reconnaissance or medical evacuation vehicle;

   Mungo 3 has a larger completely protected cabin. It can be used to carry supplies and equipment.

 

 

 

Video of the Mungo light airborne armored vehicle

 

 
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