Specific: 29 vehicles are
scheduled to be delivered in spring 2007. Se also procurement-page.
Historical: Bucher-Guyer AG in Niederwenningen,
Switzerland started production of all-wheel-drive trucks
in 1976. A brake through came with a 3.000 vehicle order
for the Swiss armed forces in 1994. The rights to the
DURO to the General Dynamics owned Mowag company in 2002.
The DURO III 6x6 is
a highly mobile off-road tactical transport vehicle,
based on the proven DURO family of vehicles.
It is a three-axle, multi-purpose vehicle, powered by a
six-cylinder diesel engine. The permanent all-wheel drive
system comprises a 5-speed automatic gearbox as well as a
two-range transfer case. All axle and inter-axle
differentials are of the TORSEN self-locking type. The
DeDion-type axles are suspended with coil springs, and
the stabiliser system allows axle twisting in off-road
situations, and prevents body rolling during on-road
The upper side of the chassis is free-standing and allows
the installation of different superstructures and mission
modules while maintaining a low center of gravity. The
compact design of the DURO results in low vehicle width
and height which makes it C-130 aircraft transportable.
The DURO vehicles fulfils a variety of tasks such as
logistics vehicles, troop transporters, ambulances, EOD
vehicles, ambulances, mobile C3 stations, weapon
Today, more than 4.000 vehicles are in operation
Length: 6.74 m (262 inches).
Width: 2.19 m (85 inches).
Height: 2.65 m (103 inches).
Weight: 13.500 kg (29.700 lb.).
Armour: Protects against light machine gun fire,
artillery shell splinters and anti personnel mines. The
superstructure is developed by Rheinmetall Landsysteme
Engine: 6-cylinder Cummins, type ISBe 250, 5.900 cm3 (360 cubic
inches) displacement, liquid cooled, turbo charged.
Horsepower: 250 at 2.500 rpm.
Transmission: 5-speed Allison, type S 2000,
Transfer case: 2-speed.
Electrical system: 24 volt, negative ground.
Tyres: 335 - 80R/20.
without preparation: 0.8 m (31 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Diesel.
Fuel capacity: 180 liter (39 gallons).
Range: 350 km (218 miles).
Crew: 1 + 3.
Additional: Permanent all-wheel drive.
Hydraulic power steering. On road, the DURO III reaches a
speed of 100 km/h and are able to manage gradients of up
to 60 % and side slopes of 40 %. Besides the crew the
ambulance can carry one wounded on stretcher and three
wounded sitting or two wounded on stretchers. The vehicle is equipped
with air conditioning which can be connected to external power while the
ambulance is on stand-by.
The engine complies with the EURO III standard regarding emission.