BW – ESK Mungo
Einsatzfahrzeug Spezialisierte Kräfte Mungo
After extensive comparative trials, the German Ministry of Defence decided at the beginning of December 2003 to procure the Light Protected Vehicle for Specialised Forces (Einsatzfahrzeuge Spezialisierte Kräfte, or ESK) Mungo 1 for the then Division for Specialised Operations. Developed from a base vehicle made by Multicar Spezialfahrzeuge GmbH, the Mungo with folded-down side elements and ten fully equipped soldiers can be transported inside a CH-53 medium transport helicopter.
Initially, 388 vehicles of a variant for personnel and material transport were ordered on 30 June 2004. Of these, two each were converted into protected Mungo 1 LUNA Aerial Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Launch and Recovery Team Vehicles and protected Mungo 1 LUNA Transport Vehicles. Later on, ten additional ESK Mungo 1 Personnel and Material Transport Vehicles and ten protected Mungo 1 LUNA Aerial Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Launch and Recovery Team Vehicles were procured. Two prototypes produced for trials for the later Mungo 2 multipurpose vehicle were later converted into protected Mungo 1 LUNA Ground Control Station Carriers. The first Mungo 1 series production vehicle was handed over on 02 May 2005. Immediately after delivery, some vehicles were transported to Afghanistan where they were used as part of Bundeswehr ISAF operations.
The ESK Mungo 1 consists of the chassis, cab and open cargo body. The vehicle is powered by a 105hp Iveco 8140.43B common-rail diesel engine of 2.8-litre displacement, direct fuel injection, turbocharger and intercooler. Power is transferred from the engine to a mechanically operated 4×4 VW 25 S5-01 5-speed synchromesh transmission with integrated transfer case and reduction gear via two driveshafts to the differentials of the front and rear axles. The suspension consists of an independent suspension-type front axle with coil springs, overload springs and hydraulic shock absorbers, as well as a rear rigid axle with leaf springs.
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||5,260kg|
|Military Load Classification:||00|
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