Iveco Magirus Dragon 2 Series Sets New Standards for ARFF Vehicles

Iveco Magirus Dragon 2 Series Sets New Standards for ARFF Vehicles
28 May 2012
The Iveco Magirus Dragon 2 range represents a completely new generation of customised ARFF vehicles, with performances that exceeds current ICAO and NFPA requirements. In keeping with the Iveco Magirus philosophy, this latest solution has been developed in-house and is produced using a single-source responsibility, one-stop-shop approach.

The new range’s modular structure make it possible to achieve different configurations and drive variants that include a 6x6 on a three-axle chassis, and an 8x8 on a four-axle chassis with a Twin Engine Power Pack (TEP) drive system, as well a 6x6 model with single-motorisation based on powerful Iveco engines and – as a special option – a Deutz engine.

The 8x8 Dragon chassis with a Twin Engine Power Pack drives the vehicle and the fire pump and delivers better performance than a single engine solution. The two electronically controlled Iveco Cursor 13 engines provide a total power of 1,080 hp in Euro 3 or 1,120 hp in a Euro 5 version. All of the innovative concepts were specifically developed for this innovative new range: drive train, extinguishing systems, controls and bodywork design are all perfectly matched to the chassis. The modular design makes it possible to create different vehicle configurations to match precisely the customer’s needs.

The first customer for the Dragon was Hong Kong International Airport. Up to now five new Dragons have been supplied to major airports around the world, and another 25 units will be delivered this year.
Several other factors account for the immediate success of the new range. A new driver cab provides space for three, four or six crew members, with up to four equipped with breathing apparatus. The driver seat can be positioned on the left, right or centre, and the cab is a well-designed workplace providing maximum comfort and functionality. Vehicle entry is ergonomically optimised for firefighting operations, while large, lowered windows provide optimal visibility in all directions. The crew cab features hinged doors or automatic sliding doors. Large air grilles guarantee maximum cooling efficiency, while the rear cover panel allows access for maintenance and repairs.


The newly-developed, rough terrain capability vehicle has a rear engine and rigid axle suspension with coil springs, single tyres with same track width for faster forward progress and larger track for maximum stability. It also features hub reduction axles with disc brakes for maximum ground clearance as well lower starting torque.
Electrical installations are all in 24V according to the European Standard. As standard, the control of the electronic apparatus is via an advanced CANBUS system.

Engines/Power Pack

The Dragon ARFF is powered by Iveco Cursor engines that provide a fast-response acceleration time from 0 to 80 km/h in less than 25 seconds for the Dragon 8x8 chassis, and less than 23 seconds for Dragon 6x6, and a top speed of up to 135 km/h.
The new-generation Cursor engines are more responsive and interact to a higher degree with the automatic gear-box. A variable geometry turbocharger assists in delivering high torque across a wide range of engine speeds.
The twin-engines concept provides more power and pump-and-roll operations where you can do up to 70 km/h, whereas on a vehicle with one engine the maximum speed is 20 km/h. The pump-and-roll operation with maximum water flow rate is available above an engine speed of 900 rpm. The maximum speed of the Dragon 6x6 and 8x8 is 135 km/h (depending on model and GVW).

Brake System

The brake system of the Dragon is fitted with the latest EBS (Electronic Brake System) and disk brakes with ABS. This delivers an extremely fast response time and short braking distance, low wear on brake parts, perfect stability and comfort when braking.The Dragon also features an engine brake as a standard, ensuring greater brake performances. It acts automatically when the engine throttle is released.


The gearbox is a fully automatic Allison power shifting transmission with hydraulic retarder. Engine-driven PTO facilities provide optimum auxiliary power and efficiency while operating on the move or when stationary.
The transfer box is mounted separately from the gearbox, making for easier maintenance and repair.

Drive Line

The Kessler-Magirus drive line system with the “summation box” enables operations in driving mode and pump-and-roll mode. In the driving mode the power of both engines is transmitted to the axles; in the pump-and-roll mode the system will couple the left engine to the fire pump, while the right engine will drive the vehicle independently, allowing a full pump and roll operation.Due to the power divider, pump operation is possible during driving forward or in reverse at any speed, with a maximum pump power consumption 272 hp

Modular Range & Extinguishing Technology

Water tank capacities are from 5,500 litres to 19,000 litres, and foam tanks with different capacity options and several types of proportioning systems are available, as are a 500 kg dry powder and 120 kg CO2 option.
Different types of Iveco Magirus firefighting pumps with normal pressure, or combined pumps with normal pressure and high pressure are also on offer with pump outputs spanning from 5,400 l/min up to 10,000 l/min. In addition to a powerful-throw roof monitor, there is a front-mounted monitor and quick-attack hose-reels inside the bodywork for water, foam or powder. Alternatively, a telescopic piercing nozzle can be mounted instead of the monitor, as well an extendable turret HRET.

All in One

No other manufacturer of firefighting vehicles can offer chassis, superstructure and components – everything from just one source! From the chassis to the bodywork, everything is in-house developed and so is optimally matched each other. Iveco Magirus is a partner that takes end-to-end responsibility of the entire vehicle, for as long as the vehicle is operating for the customer. The company-owned testing facilities, allowing thorough testing of all performance parameters of the final product, including engine power, torque, brake force, brake balance and ABS operation, as well as on- and off-road-behaviour such as climbing ability, side slope testing. Iveco Magirus can therefore be relied upon to develop vehicles that guarantee the highest levels of robustness and reliability for all conditions of use.

At six locations in Europe, the Iveco Magirus group develops and manufactures a worldwide unique range of vehicles and appliances for firefighting and civil protection. Iveco Magirus is considered internationally to be one of the largest manufacturers and a world leader in technology in the sector.

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