LOV (Light Operational Vehicle)
The second and final tranche of 321 Pinzgauers (also known as LOVs - Light Operational Vehicles) were introduced into service during the autumn/winter of 2006. The vehicles replace the NZ Army's V8 Landrovers that were purchased back in 1982.
There are 8 variants of the vehicle, of which the majority are general service (GS) or command and control (C2) vehicles. There are also a number of ambulance, shelter and special operations variants in the fleet. Furthermore a number of armoured variants of the Pinzgauer were bought to provide increased protection should the situation require when deployed overseas.
The Pinzgauer is an off-the shelf light military vehicle that is required to carry out command and control, liaison, replenishment, special force, evacuation and administrative tasks.
The vehicles require a high degree of off-road capability in order to operate in concert with the Light Armoured Vehicle (NZLAV) and Unimog trucks and have similar off-road capabilities.
Although the family of vehicles will cover a wide area of responsibility, there is a high degree of commonality between all variants of the LOV. Standard characteristics include:
- Height - 2.045 m
- Width - 1.8 m
- Length - 5.308 m
- Gross Vehicle Weight - 4950 kg
- Max Payload - 2400 kg (variant specific)
- Max Range - 800 km
This page was last reviewed on 11 May 2015 and is current.