Through the years, countries, including Egypt, Austria and Germany, have used the millitary version of the Mercedes G-Class SUV as a military vehicle, ambulance vehicle, or as armed vehicle.
The Mercedes G-Class, sometimes called G-Wagen (short for Geländewagen) is manufactured by Magna Steyr in Austria and sold by Mercedes-Benz. The SUV, which has been sold under the Puch name as Puch G, is a favourite amongst celebrities.
The boxy Mercedes-Benz G-Class has always been much more than just an extravagant off-roader for the masses.
Through the years, the millitary version, produced in the same factory with the luxury models, has been used as a military vehicle, ambulance vehicle, or as armed vehicle all around the world.
The SUVs and its range of trailers and modules are used in tactical training, disaster relief and securing coastline.
Below is the list of countries that whose millitary boast of Mercedes G-Class SUVs in their fleets.
Since the 2010s, the Albanian Army has been using G-Class vehicles.
Since the 2010s, the Algerian Army, Gendarmerie Nationale and the Algerian police have been using several models of G-Class 6×6 G 500. Most of those vehicles are manufactured by Algerian army owned Bouchekif factory, Tiaret.
Since the 1980s, the Argentine Army has used the MB-230G (short and long chassis) for different purposes. 900 remain in service.
In 2008, Australia purchased 2,268 vehicles with ten variants including 6×6. Australia is the first military customer to receive 6×6 vehicles, the first six-wheel military vehicles built by Mercedes-Benz since 1941.
The Austrian Army has been a long time user of various Puch G models. New fleets includes Mercedes models.
The Belgian Police has been a long time user of first G 500 models.
The Bulgarian Army operates 600+ vehicles in various configurations, mostly armed versions.
A total of 1,159 vehicles have been ordered by the Canadian Army since 2003.
Croatian army uses 300 to 320 4×4 vehicles in peacekeeping operations. The G-Class is a very popular choice within the Croatian Army.
Denmark has also operated the G-wagon.
The Danish military has used more than 1,300 GD from 1985. Currently, the Danes are taking delivery of over 2,000 270CDIs in several variants, starting in 2003.
The G-Class is used by units of Army of the Timor Leste Defence Force.
The Egyptian Army uses the G 320 (4 × 4) as an armoured personnel carrier. The locally made truck is based on the long-wheelbase version of the German Mercedes-Benz G 320 4 × 4 light vehicle.
The Estonian Defence Forces have a small number of various G-Class vehicles.
The Finnish Army uses the Geländewagen mostly as armored vehicles and ambulances.
The French Army’s Peugeot P4 is a derivative from the G-Class equipped with Peugeot engine and equipment.
The German Armed Forces uses the G-Class under the name “Wolf”. Over 12,000 vehicles have been delivered in over 50 versions.
The Greek Army, Air Force, Navy and Police have several versions (462) of the Geländewagen.
The Hungarian Ground Forces have 233 of G-270, mounted with UMF light-machine gun platform, and 5 of G-280.
Paspampres (Indonesian Presidential Security forces) are using G 270 CDI. 30 units of the new G 300 CDI are used for presidential and vice-presidential escort purposes.
The Kurdish Peshmerga has 60 “Wolf” including 20 lightly armored type to help fight off the ISIL forces.
The Irish Army used a number of G-Wagens as ambulances.
The KSF use more than 200
The Latvian Land Forces and Latvian National Guards use different modifications of Geländewagen.
Since 2016, the Lithuanian Armed Forces has operated approximately 200 formerly Dutch GD vehicles.
The Military of Luxembourg uses the 300D variant of the Geländewagen.
Locally built by DEFTECH since 2001, the G-Wagon is used along with Land Rover Defender as light transport of Malaysian Army.
As of May 16, 2009, the Mexican naval defense secretary (SEMAR) has received 20 of the 84 G-Class vehicles in order.
The Ministry of Defense of Mongolia operates 10 G-class vehicles (Wolf) donated by the German Government in 2010.
The Royal Netherlands Army uses various versions of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The Dutch police and Koninklijke Marechaussee also use the G-Class.
The Korean People’s Army also use the G-class vehicles.
The Norwegian Army has been using the G-class since mid-1980s. Today the Defence Forces operates a total of 3000 vehicles.
96 GD 290 and 25 MB290GD WD in service with Wojska Lądowe. 13 GD 290 in service with the Żandarmeria Wojskowa.
The Portuguese Military uses the G-class for light transport along with Toyota Landcruiser, UMM Alter and Land Rover Defender 90.
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Police, state security units, military and governmental agencies are using the G-Class. The G-class is gradually being replaced by the Russian Aurus models.
The Serbian Military currently uses Puch 300GD model. They also uses 300GD33, 300GD6 and 300GD10 variants to transport VIP’s as well as to access combat zone.
The Singapore Army bought the 270 and 290 versions as secondary military transport.
The Military of Slovenia uses Mercedes-Benz G-Class vehicles mainly for transport.
The Armed Forces of Slovak republic uses Mercedes Benz G-280 CDI in 5th Special Forces Regiment.
The Swedish Army has operated the MB 290/T (1994), MB 290GD (2000) and MB 270 CDI (2005).
Swiss Armed Forces’ Steyr Daimler Puch 230 GE is being replaced by the Mercedes G 300 CDI 4×4 hardtop version. Lorinser is currently selling 35 Swiss Army-used Puch G-Class SUVs.
The British Army used a number of these vehicles in Iraq during Operation Telic, particularly around the Baghdad and Rustamiyah areas.
Police, state security units, military and governmental agencies are using the G-Class.
The USMC Interim Fast Attack Vehicle (IFAV) is a modified version of the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen 290.
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