Puch Spezialfahrzeug, the Austrian subsi-diary of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems, builds the Pandur II 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 Pandur II, a further development of 6 x 6 Pandur APC which has been sold to six countries. The all-welded steel hull of the Pandur II protects against 7.62mm AP ammunition through a full 360deg and passive appliqu” armour can be added to withstand attack from 14.5mm AP ammunition. SDP is building 260 8 x 8 Pandur IIs for the Portuguese Army and Marine Corps in 10 configurations, including APCs and IFVs, and has an option for a further 33 configured as 105mm assault guns. The Czech Republic has bought 199 8 x 8 vehicles with an option for 35. The 8 x 8 Pandur II has a maximum combat weight of 20t including a 6.5t payload.
The Pandur II is available in a number of variants and can take variety of turret systems. A baseline 6x6 armored personnel carrier is designed to carry a crew of three and six troops. It can be armed with various weapons up to 90-mm caliber. The Pandur II 8x8 can carry up to 12 troops and can be fitted with weapons up to 105-mm caliber. Armor of this vehicle protects against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. Optional add-on armor provides protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing projectiles. Spall liners and improved mine protection are offered as an option. NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems are also optional.
The Pandur II APC has a longer wheelbase comparing with it's predecessor. Vehicle is powered by the Cummins ISC diesel engine, developing 285 hp. Both 6x6 and 8x8 variants use the same engine. It can be removed and replaced during 30 minutes in field conditions.