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Saurer DM

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Tactical truck

  • ORIGIN
    Switzerland

  • NICKNAMES
    D250MF (early designation for 6 DM)
    D3000MF (early designation for 10 DM)

  • DESIGNED
    1978

  • DESIGNER
    Adolph Saurer Limited

  • PRODUCTION
    1982 - 1986

  • PRODUCERS
    Switzerland - Saurer

  • QUANTITY
    800 Saurer 6 DM
    300 Saurer 10 DM
    100 Saurer 10 DM with crane

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good off road mobility
    Unprotected crew
    Unarmed

Introduction

The Saurer DM is a series of tactical trucks of Swiss origin. They were developed in the late 1970's to replace various older model trucks in Swiss service. The DM series of trucks were only produced for the Swiss military and the Saurer company ceized to exist a few years later.

Design

The Saurer DM series are a new design and bears very little resemblance to older Saurer models. The series consists of a 4x4 and 6x6 truck that have many parts in common, including the cab and many parts of the chassis. The 6x6 version has a different rear suspension, is longer and has a more powerful engine. Besides a crane version based on the 6x6 chassis all vehicles are fitted with a flatbed with drop down sides and tarpaulin cover.

Firepower

The Saurer DM series are unarmed and do not feature a weapon mount.

Protection

The DM series are fitted with an unarmored driver's cab. No NBC system or smoke equipment are present.

Mobility

The Saurer DM series has all wheel drive and large all terrain tires. This results in a good off road performance. A 250 or 320 hp diesel engine provide propulsion.

Users

The sole operator of the Saurer DM series is the Swiss army. They replaced most older Swiss trucks and have recently been complemented by the Duro light truck.

Variants

Saurer 6 DM

The Saurer 10 DM is the 4x4 version of the Saurer DM series. It has a 6 t load capacity. All vehicles are fitted with a flatbed with drop down sides and a tarpaulin cover. It is in service with and without Rotzler winch.

TypeTactical truck
Crew2 + 36 (driver, assistant, 36 infantry)
Length7.71 m
Width2.50 m
Height3.34 m (cab roof)
Ground clearance0.38 m
Weight10.0 t empty, 16.0 t max load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseWheeled chassis, 4x4, 4.35 m wheelbase, 2.1 m track, 14.00 x 20 tires
Turn radius18.0 m
EngineSaurer D4KT 12 V6 turbo diesel, 247 hp at 2.200 rpm
Power ratio24.7 hp/t empty, 15.4 hp/t max load
TransmissionZF S 690
Speed?
Fuel300 L
Range660 km
Wall?
Trench?
Gradient?
Fording1.15 m
ArmorNo
NBC equipmentNo
Night visionNo
SmokeNo
Remarks-
Armament-
Weapon1-
Weapon2-
Weapon3-
Weapon4-
Weapon5-
Weapon6-

Saurer 10 DM

The Saurer 10 DM is the 6x6 version of the 6 DM and has a 10 t load capacity. The 10 DM shares many automotive components with the 6 DM and mainly differs in rear suspension and engine. All vehicles are fitted with a flatbed with drop down sides and a tarpaulin cover. It is in service with and without Rotzler winch.

TypeTactical truck
Crew2 + 44 (driver, assistant, 44 infantry)
Length8.91 m
Width2.50 m
Height3.46 m (cab roof)
Ground clearance0.38 m
Weight12.0 t empty, 22.0 t max load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseWheeled chassis, 4x4, 4 + 1.4 m wheelbase, 2.1 m track, 14.00 x 20 tires
Turn radius19.5 m
EngineSaurer D4KT 12 V6 turbo diesel, 320 hp at 2.200 rpm
Power ratio26.7 hp/t empty, 14.5 hp/t max load
TransmissionZF S 690
Speed?
Fuel300 L
Range550 km
Wall?
Trench?
Gradient?
Fording1.15 m
ArmorNo
NBC equipmentNo
Night visionNo
SmokeNo
Remarks-
Armament-
Weapon1-
Weapon2-
Weapon3-
Weapon4-
Weapon5-
Weapon6-

Saurer 10 DM crane

The Saurer 10 DM chassis also served as the base vehicle for a mobile Crane. The flatbed and tarpaulin cover are not fitted. A Gottwald crane if fitted instead and has the ability to rotate 360 degrees. The crane can be used for lifting goods and for recovery purposes. When the crane is used for outriggers ensure stability.

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