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Volkswagen Iltis

Light utility vehicle

Volkswagen Iltis

The Volkswagen Iltis uses a number of commercially available automotive components

 
 
Country of origin West Germany
Entered service 1977
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 1.55 t
Maximum load 0.5 t
Length 3.95 m
Width 1.52 m
Height 1.84 m
Mobility
Engine Volkswagen 1.7-liter petrol
Engine power 74 hp
Maximum road speed 130 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.4 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 0.6 m

 

   The Volkswagen Iltis (polecat) has been developed in response to a former West German Army requirement for a 4x4 vehicle, that could carry 500 kg of cargo both on roads and cross-country. The first Volkswagen 183 Iltis was produced in 1977. By late 1981 around 8 800 of these military vehicles were produced. A civilian model of the Iltis was offered, however just over 100 were purchased, largely due to high unit price. Production ceased in 1982. In 1981 production rights of the Iltis were sold to Bombardier and in 1983 production was transferred to Canada. This military vehicle was widely used by Canadian Armed Forces. The Iltis has now been replaced in the German military by a Mercedes-Benz G-class. Several hundreds of surplus German Iltis military vehicles have been supplied to other countries. Some of these ex-German army vehicles are still operational.

   The Volkswagen Iltis has an all-steel body with integral safety roll bar. Normally it was fitted with a canvas tilt cab cover and hard top was optional.

   Vehicle has a payload capacity of 0.5 t. Some vehicles were fitted with towing hooks and could tow trailers weighing up to 750 kg.

   Vehicle can carry various weapons on optional mounting kits, including anti-tank guided missiles.

   The Volkswagen Iltis is based on the Auto Union Munga chassis. Vehicle uses a number of commercially available automotive components from Volkswagen Polo and Audi 100. It is powered by a Volkswagen 1.7-liter petrol engine, developing 74 hp. Alternatively it was offered with a 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine. The Volkswagen Iltis can be airlifted by a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter. This vehicle has been tested for para-dropping.

 

Variants

 

   Ambulance.

   Command and communications vehicle.

   Bombardier Iltis, Canadian version of the Volkswagen Iltis. In 1981 Bombardier obtained production and worldwide marketing rights for this vehicle. Production was transferred to Canada in 1983. A total of 2 500 Bombardier Iltis vehicles were produced for the Canadian Armed Forces. It has been exported to Belgium, Oman and Cameroon. Later it was also succeeded by the Mercedes-Benz G-class. Currently Canadian armed forces are replacing these ageing vehicles with larger and more capable militarized version of the Chevrolet Silverado.

 

 

 

 
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