|Pandur 8X8 APC|
Pandur II 8x8 being tested by the Czech Army
|Type||Armoured personnel carrier|
|Place of origin||Austria|
|Used by||See Operators|
|Length||7.02 m (23.0 ft)|
|Width||2.67 m (8 ft 9 in)|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Crew||2 + 12 (APC version)|
|Up to 105 mm gun in turret|
|Machine gun |
Spike LR anti-tank guided missile
|Engine||6-cylinder in-line liquid-cooled turbo-charged intercooled diesel|
|Payload capacity||8.5 tonnes|
|Approx. 700 km|
|Speed||105 km/h (65 mph) (road)|
The Pandur II 8x8 is an improved modular all-wheel-drive version of the Pandur 6x6 APC wheeled armoured vehicle. It was developed as a private venture by the Austrian company Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeuge and is currently[when?] in production for the Portuguese Armed Forces. Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeuge is part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems, which is also the parent company of MOWAG of Switzerland and Santa Bárbara Sistemas of Spain.
The most significant change is the introduction of an 8x8 configuration with more interior space. The construction is an all-welded steel hull with optional armour upgrades. The basic armour package is designed to protect against 7.62 to 14.5 mm (0.300 to 0.571 in) armour-piercing rounds (customers may select a choice of armour thickness). The vehicle is designed to be transportable in a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The driver is seated on the left at the front and the engine is to the right. The driver is provided with a single piece hatch cover as well as three day periscopes, one of which can be replaced by a passive periscope for night missions. The vehicle is fitted with a two-stage synchronized distribution gear box for both road and cross country use. Improved suspension will be fitted for optimum cross country mobility. The vehicle is designed to take a number of turret systems (such as the SP 30 turret also mounted on the ASCOD AFV of the Spanish and Austrian Armies), or it can be used as a standard APC with a mounted machine gun.
With the turret the vehicle can carry 6 infantry. Without the turret, it can carry 12.
The Czech company Excalibur Army has offered their Pandur 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle for the Philippine Army's Wheeled APC acquisition project under the Horizon 2 phase. EA mentioned that the PA has requested for options of either a manned or unmanned 25mm or 30mm turret, or an RCWS with 50cal. heavy machine gun. EA is also participating in the Philippine Army's M113 Firepower Upgrade project, offering either 25mm or 30mm manned turret with co-axial 7.62mm machine gun, or RCWS system depending on PA requirements. Apparently for this project the PA prefer a manned turret solution. 
The VBR Pandur II (Viatura Blindada de Rodas) for the Portuguese Army is fitted with Steyr add-on armour that provides Level 4 protection according to STANAG 4569. The vehicles for the marines are equipped with Level 3 armour and have a cargo ramp instead of the original doors. Due to the failure of delivery times by the manufacturer, the defense ministry took the decision to terminate the contract in October 2012 to that date had been delivered 166 vehicles, it then began a process of negotiation leading to an agreement in September 2014, this deal set the delivery of 22 more vehicles until August 2015. The original contract incorporated the option to acquire 33 Mobile Gun System with 105mm tower, but were never hired. This version were tested in Portugal in Santa Margarida Military Camp vehicles Pandur II with HITFACT 105 OTO Melara turrets and CT-CV 105 hp CMI Defence. From the original contract there will not be delivered 9 engineering vehicles, 31 with 120-mm mortar, two ambulance, 10 anti-tank, and one recovery vehicle, as well as all 20 amphibious intended for the Marine Corps.
The Czech Pandur II 8x8 CZ differs from the original version in that a new breakwater controlled from inside the vehicle has been fitted, and the driver's hatch is fitted for CDND-1 night vision apparatus. The armor is designed to protect against 14.5x114 ammunition (with RAFAEL add-on passive armour). SSAB ARMOX 500 armour steel is used for the bottom side of the hull which has an intermediate floor suspended from wall and ceiling mounts rather than floor mounted. The standard Pandur II has a flat bottom, but Pandur II CZ has its bottom shaped to the "/\" (reversed "V") which some sources maintain reduces the effect of mine blast on passengers.
There are three robust cameras (left, right and rear) giving the ability to driver to reverse without leader's help or observe around the vehicle. The driver has one monitor for this purpose. The cameras are from Orlaco company much like monitor in troop section. Czech Pandurs II 8x8 also include navigation, information, communication and identification system.
Pandurs without RCWS-30 will be unarmed or equipped with Rafael Mini-Samson RCWS-12.7. Rafael RCWSs bought by Czech republic: 78x RCWS-30, 14 RCWS-30 (with no Spike-LR missiles), 93 Mini-Samson RCWS units that carry 12.7mm machine gun. Its Cummins ISLe T450 455HP diesel engine can be removed and replaced in 30 minutes.
The KOV "Krpan" (Kolesno Oklepno Vozilo) from Sistemska Tehnika Armas is the Slovenian license version of the Pandur II with a number of improvements and with 55% of local components and subsystems. This APC was proposed to the Slovenian Army but lost competition to the Patria AMV.