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The Bundeswehr currently has two projects in the area of ​​special-purpose vehicles: the reconnaissance / combat vehicle AGF 2 for the Special Forces Command (KSK) as successor to the AGF Serval, and the renewed invitation to tender for a multi-purpose all-terrain vehicle that is airworthy, officially called "Tactical Airborne Utility." Terrain Vehicle LL-UTV ".


Reconnaissance / combat vehicle AGF 2

In total, up to 80 vehicles are procured over several years. Two different variants are planned:

  • The first variant is the "reconnaissance / combat vehicle AGF 2", a protected carrier vehicle for at least four commanders. Equipped with observation equipment and armed with machine guns, it should offer both assertiveness and self-protection.
  • The second variant is the "Support Vehicle Command" (UFK) on the same vehicle basis, presumably for the transport of wounded people, the transport of people and loads, and possibly for special sensors or means of communication. According to reports, the mission equipment is to be delivered on demand as installation kits.

The new vehicle family is to replace the AGF Serval currently used by the Special Forces command. The serval was manufactured by Rheinmetall and is based on the chassis of the Mercedes-Benz G-model. A total of 21 vehicles were procured, which are to be replaced by a successor beginning in late 2021.

The second variant, the AGF 2 / UFK, is intended to offer mobility to German specialists across the entire range of applications. Despite a very high payload, the gross vehicle weight should not exceed 8,128 kg. Other requirements include ring mounting for various weapons, including .50 heavy machine guns, the MG5, MG6 (Dillion Aero M134D) or a 20mm cannon. In addition to mine protection, adaptive ballistic protection (up to NATO STANAG 1) is required. There is also mission equipment with command-and-control (C2) software and the ability to carry a motorcycle for reconnaissance missions.


Tactical airborne capable Utility Terrain Vehicle

The Tender for the Tactical Airborne Utility Terrain Vehicle (LL-UTV) was canceled. The reasons for this were not communicated publicly. However, there are indications that the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Use will soon publish a slightly modified tender, with delivery beginning this year. The procurement project includes a framework contract with a term of seven years for the manufacture and delivery of a maximum of 148 off-road and airborne, unprotected, four-seater emergency vehicles LL-UTV, as well as a kit to accommodate a provided active agent launcher as well as additional on-board equipment, special tool kits, spare parts requirements and documentation for each vehicle. The minimum purchase in the first lot is 65 vehicles, the rest are an option. The active device launcher is the Rheinmetall Defense ROSY system. The vehicle is the Polaris MRZR-D4.

The Polaris MRZR-D4 has a four-stroke SOHC three-cylinder turbodiesel with 933 cc capacity and approx. 60 hp, optionally with two or four-wheel drive (can be activated). The dimensions are (L / W / H) 355 x 151 x 187 cm, whereby the roll bar can be folded and the height can be further reduced. The vehicle has an empty weight of approx. 952.54 kg and can accommodate between four and six soldiers, depending on the configuration. It offers a payload of 680.4 kg and a trailer load of 680 kg dynamic. The rear storage box alone (82 x 124.5 x 51.8 cm) can hold up to approx. 226.8 kg.

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) had been using MRZRs as part of the Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle program since 2013. The Polaris MRZR is available as a two or four-seater (MRZR 2 and MRZR 4) in petrol or diesel versions. According to Polaris, the turbodiesel engine variant has an up to 80 percent greater range than the gasoline variant.

André Forkert