Panzerstahl PS88024 German Bundeswehr ATF Dingo Infantry Mobile Vehicle - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) (1:72 Scale)
"I vow to faithfully serve the Federal Republic of Germany and to bravely defend the right and the freedom of the German people."
- Ceremonial oath of the Bundeswehr
The ATF Dingo is a German heavily armored military infantry mobility vehicle based on a Unimog chassis with a V-hull design, produced by the company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). It is designed to withstand land mines, rifle fire, artillery fragments and NBC-threats. ATF stands for Allschutz-Transport-Fahrzeug, meaning all-protected transport vehicle in German. It is named after the Australian native dog dingo.
The ATF Dingo has a modular design of the following five elements: chassis, protection cell, storage space, engine compartment, and its bottom mine blast deflector. Its design is lighter and includes an armored chassis with a blast pan instead of the more common monocoque hull found in modern blast resistant vehicles. IBD's layered Modular Expandable Armor System is used and the windows are angled to deflect blasts and bullets. A tarp is used over the back storage area instead of metal to save weight.
A mechanical weapons station utilizing periscopes, borrowed from KMW's Fennek, is located on the top of the vehicle. The weapons station allows the operator to sit safely inside the cabin. Recently the Bundeswehr ordered several hundreds of fully remote-controlled weapons stations from KMW for its Dingos and other armoured vehicles. - The light "FLW 100" (for the MG3 or the MG4) and the heavy "FLW 200" (for the M3M or the HK GMG). The weapons stations are controlled via a monitor inside the vehicle.
The ATF Dingo 2 is an advanced version of the Dingo based on the upgraded Unimog U 5000 chassis, that offers improved protection and more payload. It is offered in two versions with 3,250 (3.5 tonnes payload) and 3,850 mm (4 tonnes payload) wheelbase. The Dingo 2 can seat 8 personnel.
Currently KMW is developing the Dingo 2 GFF for the German Army with increased internal volume. The Dingo's standard armament is a remote controlled Rheinmetall MG3 machine gun turret. The 7.62 mm MG can be replaced with a 12.7 mm MG or a HK GMG automatic grenade launcher.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German ATF Dingo Infantry Mobile Vehicle that was attached to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Now in stock!
Length: 3-1/4 inches
Width: 1-1/4 inches
Release Date: February 2011
Historical Account: "ISAF" - The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan established by the United Nations Security Council on December 20th, 2001, by Resolution 1386 as envisaged by the Bonn Agreement. It is engaged in the War in Afghanistan (2001 - present). ISAF was initially charged with securing Kabul and surrounding areas from the Taliban, al Qaeda and factional warlords, so as to allow for the establishment of the Afghan Transitional Administration headed by Hamid Karzai. In October 2003, the UN Security Council authorized the expansion of the ISAF mission throughout Afghanistan, and ISAF subsequently expanded the mission in four main stages over the whole of the country. Since 2006, ISAF has been involved in more intensive combat operations in southern Afghanistan, a tendency which continued in 2007 and 2008. Attacks on ISAF in other parts of Afghanistan are also mounting.
Troop contributors include Denmark, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Turkey, Ireland, Poland and most members of the European Union and NATO also including Australia, New Zealand, Azerbaijan and Singapore. The intensity of the combat faced by contributing nations varies greatly, with the United States, United Kingdom and Canada sustaining substantial casualties in intensive combat operations.