The German AMPV 4×4

The German AMPV 4×4

The manufacturer “Krauss-Maffei Wegmann” describe the The German AMPV 4×4  –

“The Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is a future-oriented, innovative command and multipurpose vehicle, which has been developed as a joint venture between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and its partners. Its trademark: high mobility coupled with optimised protection. The AMPV concept is the result of long-standing experience based on the modern military operation spectrum of the Federal Armed Forces. The AMPV vehicle family is equipped with a robust high-performance chassis with individual wheel suspension, long spring travel and high ground clearance. With a turning circle of less than 15m and 200kW power output, it delivers excellent performance under all conditions.

A new benchmark is being set in this vehicle class with the self-supporting safety cell made from armour steel and composite armour. This provides a protection level exceeding current requirements, as well as important weight savings.

The vehicle family comprises two type series. In terms of vehicle dimensions, the AMPV 1 is the smaller type and comes into its own as an agile liaison vehicle. The AMPV 2 is set apart mainly by a higher level of protection and a higher payload. Yet the entire vehicle family is based on standardised engineering principles and technologies. AMPV 1 and AMPV 2 boast extremely compact dimensions. Moreover, from a logistics perspective all the vehicles feature largely identical components. This ensures simplified supply and training for all vehicles in the AMPV family.

Also planned is a special patrol version of the AMPV 1, which is suitable for loading into the CH53 transport helicopter.

With an empty weight of just 7.3 tons the AMPV has a payload of 2.0 tons and can accommodate four soldiers and a variety of armament variants. For self-defence purposes, the vehicle can be fitted with a weapons station on the roof, this being equipped with either a machine gun up to 12.7 mm or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

With its compact dimensions and very high protection level the AMPV is also highly-suitable for police and security forces, which feel increasingly exposed in high-threat operations. Here too, the AMPV offers the contemporary response”.

The German AMPV 4×4 Spec’s (Type 2a)

Weight 9.3 tonne
Length 5.36m
Width 2.27m
Height 2.19m
Engine power 200 kw (272 hp)
Maximum speed 110 km/h
Cruising range 700 km
Armament  FLW 100 / 200
Gradient 70 %