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AAVR7

Amphibious armored recovery vehicle

AAVR7 amphibious armored recovery vehicle

The AAVR7 recovers AAV7 series armored vehicles that were damaged during the beach assault

 
 
Country of origin United States
Entered service 1983
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (combat) 22.68 t
Length ~ 8.3 m
Width 3.27 m
Height ~ 3.3 m
Performance
Lifting capacity 2.72 t
Winch capacity 10 t
Towed load ~ 25 t
Armament
Machine guns -
Mobility
Engine Cummins VT400 diesel
Engine power 400 hp
Maximum road speed 72 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 13 km/h
Range 480 km
Endurance on water 7 hours
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.9 m
Trench 2.4 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The AAVR7 is an amphibious armored recovery vehicle, used by the US Marine Corps. It is based on the AAV7 amphibious armored personnel carrier and was designed to support the AAV7 series vehicles. Even though this vehicle is old it is still used by the US marines. It is planned that refurbished and upgraded AAVR7s will remain operational with the US Marines until 2035. This amphibious recovery vehicle has been exported to South Korea, Spain, and possibly some other countries that operate the AAV7.

   The AAVR7 disembarks from ship and comes ashore behind the AAV7s. Once the AAVR7 has landed, it provides support for the AAV7 series vehicles, that were damaged, disabled or got stuck during the beach assault. It can also recover various other tracked or wheeled military vehicles with similar weight. It also provides field maintenance to other vehicles.

   This amphibious armored vehicle retains bulky hull of the AAV7. The hull is of welded aluminum armor construction. Aluminum hull had a far greater rigidity than steel. It allowed to reduce the number of reinforcing structures and create a more useable interior. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   This armored vehicle carries no armament. Instead it carries a jib crane and recovery equipment. The AAVR7 can tow disabled vehicles with engine damage. Winch has a breakedown capacity of 10 t. Furthermore it can tow other AAV7s afloat. The AAVR7 is capable of uprighting overturned vehicles. The crane can lift up to 2 720 kg. It can be used for various lifting operations.

   The AAVR7 carries basic maintenance equipment, such as welding equipment and air compressor. It provides field maintenance to AAV7s and other vehicles.

   This armored vehicle is operated by a crew of 5.

   This vehicle is powered by a Cummins VT400 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 400 hp. It is a multi-fuel engine. It can run on any grade of petrol, diesel, aviation fuel or kerosene. The engine is located at the front of the hull.

   On the water propulsion is provided by two waterjets at the rear, or alternatively, by spinning tracks. Vehicle has a seaworthiness up to Sea State 3.

 

Variants

 

   AAVR7A1 is a late production model. It has similar improvements as the AAV7A1. Improvements included an new Cummins diesel engine pack, night vision devices, improved ventilation and many other detail changes. Also the improved AAVR7A1 has some personnel carrying capability. Some sources report that it can carry 21 fully-equipped troops, or alternatively 2 270 kg of cargo. First prototype was completed in 1979 and series production commenced in 1983. Earlier AAVR7s were upgraded to this standard.

 

 

 
AAVR7 amphibious armored recovery vehicle

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AAVR7 amphibious armored recovery vehicle

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AAVR7 amphibious armored recovery vehicle

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