The Mungo (mongoose) is an air transportable, protected, high mobility multi-purpose transport vehicle. It was designed by Kraus-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall for paratroopers and is intended to be used in 30-40 km radius around dropzones. The Mungo is in service with the German Army. USMC bought some Mungos for trials and evaluation.
The Mungo offers better protection than most smaller 4x4 light utility vehicles. This light utility vehicle has armored sides. It also offers high protection level against anti-personnel mines. An add-on armor against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds can be installed. Sometimes a 7.62-mm machine gun is mounted on top of the roof. Troops can use their weapons to shoot out of the vehicle.
This light utility vehicle can transport ten troops or 2 000 kg of payload. It can be converted into cargo truck in less than 5 minutes.
Mungo uses commercially available Multicar 4x4 chassis. Vehicle is powered by a 2.8-liter diesel engine, developing 105 hp. It is worth mentioning that Mungos had not proved practical in Afghanistan. Suspensions and axles of the Mungo have been criticized as not robust enough. This light utility vehicle can be airlifted underslung by the CH-47 Chinook andCH-53G helicopters or inside most medium transport aircraft.
Mungo 1 basic troop carrying variant;
Mungo 2 multi-purpose platform, which can be used as supply carrier, repair vehicle, NBC reconnaissance or medical evacuation vehicle;
Mungo 3 has a larger completely protected cabin. It can be used to carry supplies and equipment.
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