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Condor APC
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A Condor of the Malaysian Army.
Type Armoured personnel carrier
Place of origin West Germany
Specifications
Weight 12.4 metric tons
Length 6.13 m
Width 2.47 m
Height 2.18 m
Crew 2+12

Primary
armament
20 mm cannon
Secondary
armament
7.62 mm
Engine OM906LA / 6 cylinder
170 kW diesel engine
228 hp (170 kW)
Suspension torsion bar, 4x4 road wheels
Operational
range
900 km
Speed 95 km/h

The Rheinmetall Condor is a 4x4 wheeled armoured personnel carrier originally designed by Thyssen-Henschel of Germany and manufactured by Henschel Wehrtechnik GmbH. It is based on the chassis of the UNIMOG[1] and uses the same key components such as the engine, gearbox and axles. Serviceability is high and the vehicle is easy to maintain since support is readily available from civilian sources.

Design

The Condor was designed to provide overall protection against small arms, shrapnel and small mines. Combat with the Malaysian Army during the rescue operations following the Battle of Mogadishu highlighted its vulnerability against RPG-7 rocket rounds. One Malaysian soldier was killed when an RPG round penetrated the driver compartment of his vehicle.

The Condor is amphibious and is air-transportable in C-130 Hercules and in C-160 Transall type aircraft.

Variants

The Condor is available in multiple configurations, these include:

  • Personnel and/or cargo carrier
  • Command and control
  • Reconnaissance / surveillance / observation
  • Liaison
  • Weapons carrier
  • Light air defence
  • Anti-riot
  • Border control
  • Logistics / recovery
  • Ambulance

The Malaysian Army uses mainly the Condor primarily in its armoured personnel carrier configuration, but variants such as mortar carriers and ambulances are also in service.

Operators

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