In the year 2000: Fulfillment of mission requirements - Today: The Lifesaver

The general protection vehicle (ATF) DINGO 1 was introduced to the Bundeswehr in the year 2000 in order to close the gap between light unarmored transport vehicles and the lightly armored tanks. The practical test for the DINGO 1 came shortly after, during its deployment in the NATO-led KFOR-mission, after the end of the Kosovo war. Thereafter, several different missions followed, such as:

  • ISAF (Afghanistan, since 2001)
  • TFF (Macedonia 2001 – 2002)
  • KFOR (Kosovo, since 1999)
  • SFOR (Bosnia & Herzegovina, 1996 – 2004)


The DINGO 1 is conceptualized for the transport of five soldiers, comprises an air conditioning system, an auxiliary heating system, a tire pressure control system, ABS brakes, a rear view camera, a GPS-navigation system as well as a radio transmitting system and an intercom. Optional armament are the 40mm grenade launcher (GMW) or a .50 caliber machine gun.

The perfect response to a complex challenge
The safety of soldiers is the prime objective in military missions. Wth the DINGO family Krauss-Maffei Wegmann have designed a highly mobile wheeled vehicle that uncompromisingly matches this challenge with its protection concept. In cooperation with the German defense engineering authorities, the DINGO was tested and qualified  in  compliance with official testing conditions. 

Within the framework of ample tests against ballistic threats, anti-tank mines, artillerie fragments and IEDs, the vehicle  impressively proved its outstanding qualities. During these tests it was able to lower the risk of injury for the soldiers below the stipulated level. The DINGO family therefore boasts a level of protection unprecedented by other vehicles of its class.  

Direct protection of the passengers from shockwaves and ballistic threats is guaranteed by KMW through the safety cell. A mine-safe seating system prohibits the transfer of kinetic energy from explosions to the crew. In addition, the optimized protected storage concept for mission and personal equipment protects the passengers from secondary effects of mine and IED shockwaves. Combat tires with run-flat elements permit a sufficient residual mobility of above 50 km/h, in the case of a loss of pressure or even in the case of destroyed tire casings. Thereby, it is ensured that the vehicle can exit the immediate risk environment of its own accord after an attack.

An integrated NBC-protection kit enables a safe deployment in contaminated surroundings.  

High performance
Low lifecycle costs. Easy maintenance Commercial construction elements as well as standard  spare parts are used in the DINGO. In addition, long service intervals allow for an extraordinarily high mileage. Furthermore, the worldwide logistics network of DaimlerChrysler can be made use of which guarantees the easy accessibility of all vehicle components. The entire DINGO family therefore distinguishes itself in economical efficiency through low procurement, operating and deployment costs.