The Wiesel 1 is a light armoured fighting vehicle in service with the Bundeswehr since 1988. Being air-transportable, it is used by the German infantry and paratroopers (Fallschirmjäger) for fire support, anti-tank, and reconnaissance missions. The Wiesel was developed by the German firm Porsche and was classified as an AWC (Armoured Weapons Carrier) because it can be modified to carry different types of weapons. In the fire support role, it is armed with a Rheinmetall MK 20 Rh-202, a gas-operated automatic gun that is capable of firing accurately conventional and armour-piercing ammunition to a distance of 2,000 m. In the tank-destroyer role, the Wiesel 1 is equipped with TOW anti-tank missiles and a radar. For reconnaissance missions, it features two mechine guns. The first and third variants are operated by a crew of two: driver and gunner/commander. The anti-tank version has a crew of three. Although it is air-transportable, which means it can be transported by both planes and helicopters, it is not air-borne, that is to say, it is not dropped by parachute.

Specifications

Type: Armoured Weapons Carrier

Length: 11.6 ft (3.55 m)

Width: 6 ft (1.82 m)

Height: 6 ft (1.82 m)

Weight: 2.75 tons

Armour: Steel

Power plant: one 64 kW, 2.1-litre diesel engine

Maximum speed: 43 mph (70 km/h)

Range: 120 miles

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Wiesel-1

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