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Saurer DM



Overview


Saurer 6 DM and 10 DM

Saurer 6 DM and 10 DM tactical trucks side by side.
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Origin
Switzerland
Type
Tactical truck
Entered service
Early 1980's
Status
In service
Development
1978
Developer
Switzerland - Adolph Saurer Limited
Production
1982 - 1986
Producer
Switzerland - Saurer
Number produced
800 Saurer 6 DM (incl 250 with winch)
300 Saurer 10 DM (incl 100 with winch)
100 Saurer 10 DM with crane
Designations
D250MF (early designation for 6 DM)
D3000MF (early designation for 10 DM)
Notable users
Switzerland

Overview


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 ceased 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 provides propulsion.

Users

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

Details


Variants of the Saurer DM

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.

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.

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.

Facts Saurer 6 DM Saurer 10 DM
General
Origin
Switzerland
Type
Tactical truck
Crew
2 + 36 (driver, assistant, 36 infantry)
Dimensions
Weight
10.0 t empty
16.0 t max load
Length
7.71 m
Width
2.50 m
Height
3.17 m cab roof
3.44 m with tarpaulin cover
Chassis
Chassis type
Wheeled chassis, 4x4
Wheelbase
4.35 m
Track
2.1 m
Tire size
14.00 x20
Automotive
Engine
Saurer D4KT 12 V6 turbo diesel
Power output
247 hp at 2.200 rpm
Transmission
ZF S 690, 5 speed, manual
Fuel
360 L
300 L in variant with winch
Mobility
Speed
80 km/h on road
Range
660 km
Turn radius
18.0 m
Power to weight ratio
24.7 hp/t empty
15.4 hp/t max load
Obstacle crossing
Ground clearance
0.38 m
Fording
1.15 m
Protection
Armor type
None, softskin vehicle
NBC system
No
Smoke system
No

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