The UK-based Pinzgauer all-terrain vehicle maker, Automotive Technik of Guildford, has announced a major order for its 6×6 military TUM-HD (Truck Utility Medium – Heavy Duty) soft-top variant as the carrier for the UK Ministry of Defence’s ground to air missile defence role. The order is for around 100 vehicles, which equates to over £7 million of work for the company.

The decision to equip British Army units with the Pinzgauer to fulfil the role is in line with the current world-wide trend towards rapid reaction, light and air-portable forces, which can be deployed quickly wherever they are needed. It is the first time the British Army has specified the higher payload 6×6 Pinzgauer variant in significant numbers. The current fleet, approaching 1,000 vehicles, is predominantly based on the 4×4 Pinzgauer TUM-HD, many of which have seen action with UK Forces in the Gulf.

The UK MoD order is for the latest development of the Pinzgauer, which uses a Euro III high-torque version of Volkswagen’s 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbo-intercooled diesel engine, driving through a four-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Vehicles are expected to enter service with operational units from 2004.