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The MUNGO ESK – Backbone of the German paratrooper regiment

The air-transportable, protected and all-terrain ESK (Einsatzfahrzeug für spezialisierte Kräfte, or “mission vehicle for specialised forces”) is used by units of the Bundeswehr’s airborne troops, as well as by units of the Joint Support Service and the Military Medical Service.

Performance characteristics of the MUNGO ESK

Universal: The MUNGO family offers a wide variety of possible uses while keeping weight low.

Flexible: The open cargo space enables excellent communication in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle.

Cost-effective: Logistically simple to maintain thanks to the use of mass-production military components

Safe: Best ballistic protection in its class

Mobile: Can be carried in various cargo helicopters and aircraft

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Air transportable

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High payload

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Very high level of protection in this vehicle class

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Low operating costs

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Easy maintenance and repair thanks to modular design

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All-wheel drive with gear reduction and differential lock

Air transportable

High payload

Very high level of protection in this vehicle class

Low operating costs

Easy maintenance and repair thanks to modular design

All-wheel drive with gear reduction and differential lock

Facts about the MUNGO ESK

Air-transportable, armoured and fit for off-road travel

The vehicle in its base configuration has an all-round armoured driver’s cab for a crew of two and a universal cargo space. Quick-change systems allow seats for up to eight soldiers to be installed and removed. Six large vehicle doors enable the crew to mount and dismount rapidly.

The vehicle can be loaded in from above or from the side with NATO standard pallets or pallet boxes.

The MUNGO ESK provides its crew with an extraordinarily high level of protection for its vehicle class. The vehicle walls and floor are protected from ballistic attacks and mines. The protected power pack ensures high remaining mobility and survivability.

The MUNGO has proven itself in many ways to be a reliable mission vehicle and material transporter on Bundeswehr missions in Afghanistan and the Congo. The vehicle has a range of over 500 km on roads and can achieve a maximum speed of 90 km/h. It is capable of overcoming inclinations of up to 60 % and traversing hillsides with a pitch angle of up to 30 %.

The MUNGO ESK has a ground clearance of 247 mm and can drive through bodies of water at depths down to 500 mm.

Including the driver, the vehicle is capable of transporting up to ten soldiers along with their gear.

The MUNGO ESK has a total permissible weight of 5,260 kg. The added load amounts to 1,810 kg. The vehicle can also pull a trailer with a load of up to 2,240 kg.

The bench seats can be removed quickly for transporting pallets of supply goods, bulky equipment or two casualties on stretchers. This results in a continuous cargo space 2,100 mm long and 1,320 mm wide.

In total, the vehicle is 4,474 mm long, 2,138 mm wide measured over the exterior mirrors and 2,443 mm high including roll bar and canvas cover.

The use of armoured steel provides the vehicle with ballistic protection from small arms fire.

The internal power pack and the use of run-flat rings in the tyres enable high remaining mobility.

The vehicle can be equipped with the available add-on protection to enhance the protection level on special missions.

Additional information

Equipment features of the MUNGO ESK

  • Air transportable
  • High payload
  • Very high level of protection in this vehicle class
  • Low operating costs
  • Easy maintenance and repair thanks to modular design
  • Versatile
  • All-wheel drive with gear reduction and differential lock
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Light, yet offers high payload volume

The MUNGO ESK is used by the airborne troops of the Bundeswehr.

  • Product specifications
  • Performance features
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Max. total weight

5.3 t

Unladen vehicle weight

3.45 t

Length

4.47 m 

Width

1.94 m

Height (operating)

2.44 m

Engine performance

78 kW at 3,600 rpm

Maximum speed

90 km/h

Driving range

> 500 km

Armaments

Small arms, optional weapon mount for MG4

  • Transportable as internal cargo in a CH 53 and CH 47
  • Up to 3 vehicles can be transported in a C130, C160 or A400M
  • Protection from ballistic threats and mines

Compact, versatile, mobile

The MUNGO ESK has already proven itself to be the optimal solution for various special operations in stabilisation and crisis missions worldwide.

The size of an SUV with the transport capacity of a light truck

The MUNGO ESK in pictures

Image material of the MUNGO ESK from exercises and missions in various situations

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