WEST GERMAN WIESEL 1 A1-A2 TOW Missle Model Kit 1/35AFV Club
The Wiesel was developed for the German Army to meet a requirement for an air-transportable light armored vehicle for use by its airborne troops, as the infantry of the German Bundeswehr, especially airborne infantry, were considered unprepared to successfully fight enemy main battle tanks (MBT) in the 1970s. The requirements were that the vehicle should fit in common NATO transport planes and could eventually be air-dropped. It should be able to fight infantry as well as enemy tanks or aircraft. Porsche produced some prototypes of the future fighting vehicle for the Bundeswehr in 1975, but the Bundeswehr stopped the project in 1978 due to lack of funds. Nevertheless, Porsche continued development, because of interest from other countries.The kit comes with a choice of markings – one of two different numbered vehicles in UN markings from Somalia or one from Fallschirmjaeger Battalion 262. This unit is listed on the instructions and the box art as part of the European joint Franco-German corps.