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Pinzgauer 716 / 718

Light utility vehicle

Pinzgauer 716 / 718

The Pinzgauer 716 / 718 series is a versatile military vehicle which can be adapted to suit many roles

 
 
Entered service 1986
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 2.1 t
Maximum load 1 t
Length 4.17 m
Width 1.76 m
Height 2 m
Mobility
Engine VW 2.4-liter diesel
Engine power 114 hp
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range over 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 80%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.4 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 0.7 m

 

   The Pinzgauer 716 series (4x4) and 718 series (6x6), or Pinzgauer second generation, was developed in the 1980s by Steyr-Daimler-Puch. It is a further development of the original Pinzgauer all-terrain military vehicle with a diesel engine and improved all-round capabilities. First vehicle of the new line was produced in Austria in 1986. The Pinzgauer 716 and 718 series replaced in production the original Pinzgauer 710 series (4x4) and 712 series (6x6) vehicles, powered by petrol engines. Production of the second generation vehicles was carried out in Austria until the year 2000. However the Steyr-Daimler-Puch company was broken into parts and production was taken over by a different company and transferred to the United Kingdom. Between 2005 and 2007 production rights for the Pinzgauer vehicles were changing hands. Eventually in 2007 production rights of these light military vehicles were acquired by BAE Systems. However in 2008 announced that they will discontinue production of these second generation vehicles due to the lack of sales. Since its introduction in the late 1980s the second generation Pinzgauers went through several minor revisions. The second generation vehicles are in service with Austria, Malaysia, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom and some other countries.

   The updated Pinzgauer is available as 716 series (4x4) or 718 series (6x6). The 4x4 version has a payload capacity of 1 000 kg, while the 6x6 version can carry 1 500 kg. This vehicle is available with a fully-enclosed all steel body or a soft-top body with the rear cargo area covered with bows and tarpaulin. In this version the windscreen can be folded down onto the bonnet and tops of the doors can be removed.

   The Pinzgauer second generation is available in a vast array of versions. It is used as a general purpose utility vehicle, troop carrier, weapon or special equipment carrier, command vehicle or ambulance. A soft-top troop carrier can carry 10 (4x4) or 16 (6x6) troops. This high mobility all-terrain vehicle can also tow light trailers or artillery pieces.

   Since 2002 the second generation Pizngauer is powered by a Volkswagen 2.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which meets EURO 3 emission requirements. These light military vehicles come with 4-speed automatic transmission as standard, however a 5-speed manual transmission was also available. Some vehicles are fitted with front-mounted self-recovery winches. In some cases the Pinzgauer 716 outperforms the Land Rover Defender or HMMWV vehicles on rough terrain. It can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules military cargo aircraft or carried underslung by the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

   There is an armored version of the Pinzgauer 718 called the Vector. It was adopted by the British Army in 2007. This armored patrol vehicle was employed in Afghanistan, however due to poor protection against improvised explosive devices it was soon withdrawn from service.

   The Pinzgauer 2 is a new and larger 6x6 version, developed by BAE Systems. It is available only with 6x6 configuration. It is fitted with a 3.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 194 hp. This engine meets EURO IV emission requirements. This tactical vehicle has increased payload over its predecessor. It can carry 3.8 t of cargo or, two standard NATO pallets, or 14 troops. The Pinzgauer 2 also has enhanced suspension and can be fitted with modular armor. However this vehicle has not reached production due to the lack of orders.

 

Video of the Pinzgauer 716 / 718 series light utility vehicle

 

 
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Pinzgauer 716 / 718

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