|Manufacturer:||Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH - RMMV|
|Product type:||Auxiliary Vehicles|
Wisent is a protected multipurpose vehicle, designed for the expanded mission profile of the armed forces, such as peacekeeping / peace enforcement missions, recovery and evacuation of personnel deployed on the ground. The Wisent delivers excellent off-road Wisent, mobility coupled with a high level of crew protection. In developing the Wisent, high emphasis has been placed on modularity in all areas. A high-performance motor-generator unit supplies power to the multipurpose mission module, which also features a muli-voltage power hook-up. Thus, the mission module unit can operate autonomously in detached mode without the engine running. Modularity is the guiding principle at the subassembly level as well. For example, in addition to all-wheel drive with independent wheel suspension, the axle components are designed for optional rear axle steering as well – for the first time in a vehicle in its class. This variability is particularly important in the 6x6, 8x8 and 10x10 transport versions of the Wisent. The use of many common parts results in very low lifecycle costs for the entire family of Wisent vehicles.
The Wisent 8x8 armored transport vehicle was developed by Rheinmetall to meet the German Army requirement. The first vehicle was completed in 2008. Trials are expected to be completed in 2009. Wisent is a part of the GFF vehicle programme, which is intended for peace support operations and is broadly similar to the US MRAP programme. German Army requirement is for up to 250 wheeled armored vehicles of this type. The Rheinmetall Wisent is competing against the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Grizzly for this requirement. The winner will receive production contract in 2010. This new armored vehicle will complement the Boxer armored personnel carrier, which is currently in service with the Bundeswehr.
The Rheinmetall Wisent fills the gap between the Dingo 2 MRAP and Boxer APC. Vehicle has a payload capacity of 6 000 kg. It consists of three major sections: cab, central engine compartment and a rear removeable mission module. The Rheinmetall Wisent can be fitted with various mission modules, depending on the mission requirement. It can be customized as troop transport, ambulance or command vehicle. Wisent has a crew of 2 - 3 men, seated inside the cab and provides accommodation for up to 10 troops inside the mission module.
Forward cab and mission module have a high level of protection against various threats, including direct fire, artillery shell splinters, mine blasts and improvised explosive devices. It provides protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds and can withstand 8 kg mine explosion under the hull. Cab is fitted with NBC protection system.
Vehicle can be fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with 7.62-mm, 12.7-mm machine guns or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. It is fired under complete armor protection.
Chassis of this vehicle was developed by Rheinmetall. It incorporates a number of proven automotive components. Wisent is powered by a MAN turbocharged diesel engine, developing 430 hp. The front cab can be tilted forward for maintenance purposes. Wisent has adjustable passive suspension, however active suspension system is planned. Vehicle has a high cross-country mobility. When unloaded it is air transportable by the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. It can be also airlifted by the new Airbus A400M.
- Modular concept
- High mobility
- High level of protection against NBC- and ballistic threats, landmines and IEDs
- Adaption of remote-controlled weapon station for self-protection
- High comfort for the crew