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Pinzgauer 718M

Special Operations Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: USA, Great Britain & New Zealand (Special Forces Only)
First Produced/Service Dates: Early 1990's?
Manufactured by: Steyr-Daimler Puch AG (Later: Automotive Technik Ltd./BAE Systems
Crew: 3-4
Armament: Various weapons configurations can be fitted, based upon crew preference and mission.  Armaments can include 5.56mm & 7.62mm Machine Guns, .50 Cal. Heavy MG, 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher and even the Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Missile system.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: In the late 1980's/early 1990's, the US Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment- Delta (Delta Force) was seeking a new special operations vehicle for their use.  As the base vehicle, they selected the Austrian Steyr Pinzgauer 718M 6x6 Utility Vehicle. Modifications and customization of the "Gauers" were made and they were quickly put into use.  As Delta's new SOV, they would be used for fire support, long-range reconnaissance and carrying supplies such as ammunition, gasoline and water.  Reportedly, Delta used these SOV's in the First and Second Gulf Wars as well as in Afghanistan. The Pinzgauer was also used by the British 22nd Special Air Service (SAS) and New Zealand SAS Regiments during this same time frame.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


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Pinzgauer 718M SOV Photos Major (Retired) Don Allen - Orleans, Ontario Canada
Pinzgauer 718M SOV Photos Alan Wise Collection

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Pinzgauer 718M SOV Information & Photos American Special Ops


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Special Operations Patrol Vehicles: Afghanistan & Iraq (New Vanguard #179)- Osprey Publishing Leigh Neville

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