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Armored recovery vehicle

Atlet ARV

The Atlet armored recovery vehicle is similar to modern Western ARVs

Entered service 2008
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 46 t
Length 8.89 m
Width 3.56 m
Height 2.74 m
Lifting capability 25 t
Winch capacity 25 - 75 t
Towed load ~ 50 t
Earth working capacity 120 m/h
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm (450 rounds)
Engine 6TD / 6TD-2 diesel
Engine power 1 000 / 1 200 hp
Maximum road speed 60 - 65 km/h
Range 450 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 1 m
Trench ~ 2.8 m
Fording 1.8 m
Fording (with preparation) 5 m


   The Atlet (athlete) armored recovery vehicle was developed as a private venture. Sometimes it is referred as the BREM-84. It is similar to modern Western ARVs. Typical tasks of the Atlet include recovery of damaged or overturned armored vehicles on the battlefield. It also provides maintenance service or tows them to maintenance units. The Atlet ARV was officially accepted to service with the Ukrainian Army in 2008. However only one vehicle was built. This armored recovery vehicle is also proposed for export customers.

   The Atlet ARV is based on a modified T-80UD main battle tank chassis. It can be also based on the chassis of more recent Ukrainian Oplot main battle tank. It is fitted with a crane, winch and a front-mounted dozer.

   Crane of this armored recovery vehicle is hydraulically operated and can lift up to 25 t, which is adequate for most missions. The crane is installed on a rotary platform. It is capable of lifting the turret of most main battle tanks. It is also used to lift powerpacks of the MBTs, or for other load-lifting works. If repairs are required to a vehicle's suspension, the crane raises the front of back of the vehicle to allow access to the damaged system. When not required the crane lays along the right side of the hull.

   The main mechanical winch is provided with 130 m of cable and has a traction force of 25 t. With the help of pulley blocks traction force is increased to 50 and 75 t. The main winch is used for recovery of damaged, stuck, sunken and overturned vehicles. There is also an auxiliary winch with 260 m of cable and a traction force of 900 kg. It is used for delivery of the main winch rope and other cargo handling operations.

   The Atlet armored recovery vehicle tows damaged, faulty or uncontrolled vehicles, or similar type tanks using rigid or non-rigid hitches. Vehicles are towed to the nearest shelters, assembly points of repair depots.

   Vehicle has a welding outfit for welding and cutting works in the field. These are carried by one of the crew member. The Atlet also has a set of tools for field repairs.

   The front-mounted dozer blade is used for clearing obstacles and earth-mowing works, such as preparation of firing positions, covering up of ditches, self-entrenching and so on. Capacity of earth-mowing works in clay terrain is 120 m/h. The dozer blade is also used to stabilize the vehicle during craning and winching operations.

   The Atlet ARV has a required level of protection to operate alongside the frontline units. Front arc withstands small-caliber projectile hits, while all-round protection is against heavy machine gun fire and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   This armored recovery vehicle is armed with remotely controlled 12.7-mm machine gun. It is used for self-defense against ground and low-flying air targets. A total of 450 rounds are carried for this machine gun.

   This armored recovery vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, driver and handler.

   There is a special cargo platform at the hull rear. It is used to transport spare engine, gearboxes, spare parts, cargo, additional fuel or other equipment with a total weight up to 1.5 t.

   The Atlet armored recovery vehicle is proposed with two engine options. The basic is a 6TD turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 000 hp. A more powerful 6TD-2 engine, developing 1 200 hp, is also available. This armored recovery vehicle is also fitted with auxiliary power unit. It ensures operation of the add-on equipment, such as welding equipment, auxiliary winch and other electric equipment of the vehicle, when the main engine is turned off. With a deep wading kit this ARV fords water obstacles up to 5 m deep. When not in use this deep wading kit is stored on top of the roof. The Atlet ARV can be airlifted by the An-124 or similar heavy cargo aircraft.

   In 2013 a BREM-T armored recovery vehicle was revealed. It was developed specially to meet the Thai Army requirement. It is based on the Oplot-M chassis and is designed to support these main battle tanks. It is worth mentioning that Thailand ordered some Oplot-M tanks. The BREM-T is identical to Atlet ARV, but has some minor changes to meet Thai Army requirements, such as different radio, air conditioner and so on.


Video of the Atlet armored recovery vehicle


Atlet ARV

Atlet ARV

Atlet ARV

Atlet ARV

Atlet ARV

Atlet ARV

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