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Wer’wolf MK2
Wer'wolf MKII.png
TypeMRAP
Place of originNamibia
Service history
Used byNamibian Defence Force
Production history
ManufacturerWindhoeker Maschinenfabrik
Produced1998–present
Specifications
Mass17,272 kilograms (38,078 lb)[1]
Length5,860 millimetres (231 in)
Width2,335 millimetres (91.9 in)
Height2,650 millimetres (104 in) without cupola
2,830 millimetres (111 in) with cupola
Crew2

Enginediesel
Power/weight13.5 kilowatts per tonne (18.4 PS/t)[2]
Suspension4x4 wheeled
Operational
range
960 kilometres (600 mi)
Maximum speed 125 kilometres per hour (78 mph)[1]

The Wer’wolf MK2 is a Namibian designed and built military vehicle that offers protection against small arms fire and land mines. The vehicle uses a MAN chassis, axles and engine. The Wer'Wolf MK2 is a modular vehicle. It is built with a crew compartment that seats three people plus a driver and a rear flatbed configuration. The flat bed configuration allows for different modules to be fitted. It is suited for rough terrain, in APC configuration the Wer'Wolf MK2 can carry up to 10 passengers plus the driver. Designed and built in 1998 it was the first Mine Protected Vehicle manufactured by Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik after it was bought by Government of Namibia.[3]

Design

The Wer'wolf MK2 was developed by Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik, a subsidiary of August 26 Holdings which in turn is wholly owned by the Government of Namibia. The vehicle utilizes a MAN Truck & Bus AG chassis, axle and engine and is built for the African operating environment. The modular design of the vehicle allows for the rear flatbed to be interchangeable with different mounts such as a personnel compartment, a ZU-23-2 gun mount amongst others. As with other typical Southern African mine protected vehicles of its era it also has monocoque V-shaped hull designed to deflect a mine blast away from the occupants or cargo. The Wer'wolf MK2 is in service with the Namibia Defence Force (NDF).

The Wer'wolf MK2 is 5,860 millimetres (231 in) in length, 2,335 millimetres (91.9 in) in width, and has a height of 2,650 millimetres (104 in).[3] The four-wheeled vehicle can carry up to 10 passengers in APC configuration, plus driver.[2] The crew compartment has two roof hatches which allow a gunner to use the weapon mount. The passenger APC compartment has an additional three hatches. Two doors in the rear of the vehicle provide access for the passengers and crew.

Capabilities

The Wer'wolf MK2 features ballistic protection that can withstand impacts of up to 7.62×51mm NATO rounds. The Wer'wolf MK2 also provides protection against triple anti tank mines of up to 21 kilograms (46 lb) under any wheel and can also withstand a double anti tank mine explosion 14 kilograms (31 lb) under the hull.[4] By adding an additional plate in the hull the vehicle can be protected against Explosively formed penetrator mines i.e.TMRP-6.[2] It has four-wheel drive capability, and can achieve a top speed of 125 kilometres per hour (78 mph). The Wer'wolf MK2 provides side protection from IED explosion of 14 kg of TNT from a stand-off distance of 3m.[1]

Variants

Apart from the primary APC role, the vehicle was designed for use in other roles such as:

  • Ambulance[5]
  • Anti aircraft Artillery role[5]
  • Infantry Fighting Vehicle- A APC configuration armed with a 2A28 Grom 73mm gun.
  • VIP transport[5]
  • Freight logistics vehicle[5]
  • Multiple Rocket launcher[5]
  • Recovery vehicle[5]
  • Water/ Diesel tanker[5]
  • Riot control[5]

A variation of the Wolf MK2 called a HEC wolf has also been developed by WMF and Henrik Ehlers Consult (HEC).[6]

Operators

State actors

Non-state actors

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.gichd.org/fileadmin/pdf/LIMA/MDE_Catalogue_2006.pdf
  2. ^ a b c http://www.specops.pl/vortal/technika/wachowski/minoodporne_kto/Werwolf%20MK%20II.jpg
  3. ^ a b http://www.wmf.com.na/files/india_trial_report.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.wmf.com.na/files/mine_report.pdf
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h http://www.specops.pl/vortal/technika/wachowski/minoodporne_kto/Werwolf%20MK%20II.jpg
  6. ^ "HEC - Research Engineering Integration". ehlersconsult.com. 3 December 2002.
  7. ^ Carin Pretorius - Developed CEIT Development CC. "The Namibian -  Defence company sued (Economic news - )". The Namibian.
  8. ^ "NAMIBIA: Werewolf Sales". DeepDyve.
  9. ^ http://kurdistanskyscrapers.com/topic/9346414/1/
  10. ^ http://www.nshr.org.na/index.php?module=News&func=display&sid=788
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