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Pandur II

Modular Wheeled Military Vehicle

Austria | 2001

"The Pandur II wheeled APC series from Austria is an improved form of the original Pandur I model."

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The Pandur II is the direct evolution of the original Pandur which emerged from Austria in 1996 and went on to find a modest customer base that included the United States Army. In its original form, the vehicle showcased a 6x6 all-wheeled drive arrangement, was powered by a 6-cylinder Steyr diesel engine, and carried a crew of two with eight combat-ready troops. While still in service, the design has been superseded on paper by the Pandur II which brings about extensive modularity to better suit customer battlefield requirements.

The vehicle is built under the Steyr-Daimler-Puch (SDP) brand label. Other (licensed) production is had in the Czech Republic as well as in Portugal.

The Pandur II began operational service in 2001. The 32,000lb vehicle has both a 6x6 or 8x8 all-wheeled form available, the latter extending the hull and chassis and introducing more internal volume as well as an additional axle. Each side of the hull is dominated by large, run-flat road wheels and angled armor is featured throughout the hull's design. This includes a very sloped glacis plate and near-flat hull roof life, giving the vehicle a short profile along the horizon. Over the hull roof can be seated a variety of powered turrets featuring autocannons, machine guns, Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGLs), and Anti-Tank, Guided-Missile (ATGM) launchers to meet the battlefield need.

The typical autocannon fit is the 30mm Mk 44 Bushmaster series. An upgunned turret seats the 105mm Cockerill tank-killing gun. Traditional machine gun fits include both 7.62mm anti-infantry types as well as the proven 12.7mm Browning Heavy Machine Gun (HMG). Supported ATGMs currently include the American TOW-2 and the Israeli Spike LR types for ranged, armor-defeating firepower. Turrets can also showcase smoke grenade dischargers to screen the vehicle's movements under prying eyes.

Power is from a 6-cylinder liquid-cooled, turbocharged inline diesel-fueled engine driving power to the four axles. Operational range reaches 700 kilometers and road speeds max out at 105kmh. Being inherently amphibious, the truck can ford water sources (via propeller jets) at speeds of about 11kmh.

Internally, the hull supports the operating crew of two with passenger space for up to 12 depending on the configuration of the truck (the turret reduces occupancy). Access to the hull is through a powered door at the rear or through roof-mounted hatches.

Dimensions of the vehicle include a running length of 7.35 meters, a beam of 2.67 meters, and a height of 2.1 meters. Coupled to its manageable weight, the truck can be transported in the belly of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules / Super Hercules or similar tactical-level fixed-wing transport aircraft.

The Portuguese Army went all-in on the Pandur II design, securing a fleet of forms that cover gun carriers, infantry carriers, recovery vehicles, Command and Control (C2) platforms, MEDEVAC models, signaling vehicles, and surveillance vehicles. Similarly, the Czech Army has invested heavily in the type which also covers a plethora of roles for the service, some of which have seen combat exposure in Afghanistan. The KOV "Krpan" form was intended for the Slovenian Army but rebuffed - this version would have allowed over half the parts to be fabricated within Slovenia itself for final assembly by STA in-country.

Though in direct competition with designs such as the Finnish Patria AMV (as selected by Slovenia and detailed elsewhere on the Military Factory), the Pandur II continues to see a growing number of global users that currently (2023) includes Austria, Czechia, Indonesia, and Portugal. The Philippines is a future customer as the Army service has selected the design in its 8x8 wheeled form (with Israeli Elbit electronics, systems, and weapons) to serve as the "Sabrah Light Tank".

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Pandur II Modular Wheeled Military Vehicle.
1 x Daimler 6-cylinder inline, liquid-cooled turbocharged diesel engine developing 450 horsepower driving conventional 6x6 or 8x8 all-wheeled configuration.
Installed Power
65 mph
105 kph
Road Speed
435 miles
700 km
The physical qualities of the Pandur II Modular Wheeled Military Vehicle.
23.0 ft
7 meters
O/A Length
8.9 ft
2.7 meters
O/A Width
6.1 ft
1.85 meters
O/A Height
48,502 lb
22,000 kg | 24.3 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Pandur II Modular Wheeled Military Vehicle.

1 x 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) OR 1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG).

1 x 25mm autocannon in traversing turret.
1 x 7.62mm coaxial machine gun in turret.

1 x 105mm main gun in Cockerill turret.

TOW-2 or Spike LR Anti-Tank, Guided-Missile (ATGM) launchers.
Dependent upon armament fit.
Nightvision - YES.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES.
Notable series variants as part of the Pandur II family line.
Pander II - Base Series Name.
Pander II 8x8 - 8-wheeled variant.
Pander II 6x6 - 6-wheeled variant.
VBR Pandur II - Portuguese Army designation.
Pandur II 8x8 CZ - Czech Army variant.
Pandur II IC - Infantry Carrier; 1 x 12.7mm HMG; remote turret optional.
Pandur II COM - Command Vehicle.
Pandur II ARV - Armored Recovery Vehicle.
Pander II MEDEVAC - MEDical EVACuation vehicle.
Pandur II AT - Anti-Tank Missile (ATM) carrier.
Pander II IFV - Infantry Fighting Vehicle Form.
Pandur II SV - Signals Vehicle.
Pandur II SURV - Surveillance Vehicle.
KBV/KBVP - Czech Army form.
KOT - Czech Army form.
KOV Krpan - Proposed Slovenian Army variant to be produced locally; not selected.
Sabrah LT - Light Tank 8x8 wheeled form with Elbit systems integration.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Pandur II. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 470 Units

Contractor(s): Steyr-Daimler-Puch - Austria / Czechoslovak Group - Czech Republic (Czechia)
National flag of Austria National flag of Czechia National flag of Indonesia National flag of the Philippines National flag of Portugal

[ Austria; Czech Republic; Indonesia; Portugal; Philippines (selected) ]
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Image of the Pandur II
Image from the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of the Czech Republic.

Design Qualities
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