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Volkswagen Type 183/Bombardier

Iltis 4x4 Utility Vehicle


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: Germany, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Estonia, France and Oman.
First Produced/Service Dates: 1977
Manufactured by: Volkswagenwerk AG of West Germany (1977-1981)
Bombardier, Inc. of Canada (1983 onwards)
Crew: 1 + 3
Armament: As fitted by user; Including 7.62mm Light Machine Gun, .50 cal Heavy MG, TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missile or MILAN ATGM.
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline or Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The Volkswagen Type 183/Iltis ("Polecat" in German) was originally designed for use by the West German military to replace the Auto Union Munga Utility Vehicle.  The German variants were the base utility vehicle, ambulance, artillery aiming circle vehicle, battlefield surveillance radar vehicle, field cable-laying vehicle, MILAN anti-tank team vehicle and radio vehicle.

However, with the success of the design a few other countries, most notably Belgium and Canada, also decided to purchase the vehicle.  Belgian Iltis variants included the base vehicle, ambulance, command/liaison, MILAN anti-tank and reconnaissance.  Canadian variants were the base vehicle, base vehicle with 100 amp. alternator (for mounting radios), base vehicle with tailgate, ambulance, cable laying, command/reconnaissance and TOW ATGM launcher. The Canadian Iltis vehicles replaced their aging M38A1CDN Jeeps and M151A2 "Mutts".
Data Sheet Available:   VW Type 183/Bombardier Iltis Data Sheet by David Haugh

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Iltis 4x4 Utility Vehicle Photos David Haugh - Content Editor
Canadian Iltis TOW ATGM Launcher Vehicle Photos Major (Retired) Don Allen - Orleans, Ontario Canada
  German VW Type 183 Iltis 4x4 Utility Vehicle Photo Neil Baumgardner - Arlington, Virginia USA
German VW Type 183 Iltis 4x4 Utility VehiclePhoto Luis Pitarch - Spain
German VW Type 183 Iltis 4x4 Utility Vehicle Photos Alan Wise Collection
  VW Type 183 Iltis 4x4 Utility Vehicle Line Drawings David Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Iltis Utility Truck Photos by Hans-Hermann Buhling Prime Portal
Iltis Utility Truck Photos by Mark Minnis Prime Portal
Iltis Utility Truck Photos by Daryl Nightingale Prime Portal
Iltis Utility Truck Photos by Jean Thomas Rembert Prime Portal

Printed

Reference Author
4x4 Leger Iltis En Service a La Force Terrestre Belge, Le (Editions de Krijger) Henri Demaret
Iltis In Canadian Service, The (WOW042) (Service Publications) Clive Law
ILTIS: The Iltis 0.5 t tmil Light Truck in Service with the Bundeswehr and Other Armies (5057) (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze
VW Iltis (Schiffer Publications) Willy Queissner

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Iltis Utility Vehicle (Belgian) Model Kit (35.122) Resicast 1/35 Multi-Media; Out of Production
Iltis MILAN Anti-Tank Vehicle (Belgian) Model Kit (35.124) Resicast 1/35 Multi-Media; Out of Production
Iltis Command Vehicle (Belgian) Model Kit (35.125) Resicast 1/35 Multi-Media; Out of Production
Iltis Utility Vehicle (German) Model Kit (35.123) Resicast 1/35 Multi-Media; Out of Production
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider