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Bergepanzer 3A1

Armored recovery vehicle

BPz 3A1

The Bergepanzer 3A1 ARV was developed specially for service in Afghanistan

 
 
Entered service 2012
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 56 t
Length 9.07 m
Width ~ 3.7 m
Height ~ 3 m
Performance
Lifting capability 30 t
Winch capacity 70 t
Towed load 62 t
Earth working capacity ~ 190 m/h
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine MTU MB 837 Ka-501 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed 68 km/h
Range 650 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1.15 m
Trench 3 m
Fording 1 m
Fording (with preparation) 4 m

 

   The Bergepanzer 3A1 is an upgraded version of the Bergepanzer 3 Buffel. It was developed by Rheinmetall specially for service in Afghanistan. This vehicle appeared in 2011. Only four of the Bundeswehr Buffels were upgraded to this standard. In 2012 three of these vehicles were deployed in Afghanistan and the forth was used in Germany for training. Previously Rheinmetall upgraded Canadian Army BPz 3 armored recovery vehicles in a similar manner to operate alongside Leopard 2A6M tanks. These machines were fielded in 2007 and proved themselves well in Afghanistan.

   The German Army BPz 3A1 has improved protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters, RPG rounds, landmines and improvised explosive devices. These threats were typically encountered by ISAF forces in Afghanistan.

   The Bergepanzer 3A1 armored recovery vehicle has a reinforced hull floor for improved protection against landmines and IED blasts. Sides of the vehicle are fitted with special add-on protection elements that reduce the blast wave caused by roadside bombs. Vehicle is also fitted with a radio jammer, that prevents detonation of radio-controlled explosives. The BPz 3A1 is fitted with a cage armor for improved protection against RPG rounds.

   The main mission of the Bergepanzer 3A1 is recovery of damaged main battle tanks and other armored vehicles from the battlefield. Also it recovers overturned, stuck or swamped vehicles. It also tows them to maintenance units or provides maintenance service in the field. Other tasks include general dozing and obstacle removal.

   The BPz 3A1 is fitted with a powerful recovery system, similar to that of the BPz 3. It is fitted with a crane, winch and front-mounted dozer.

   This ARV has a large crane installed on the rotary platform, which is capable of lifting 30 000 kg. The crane can be traversed 270 degrees. It has an electronic momentum limiter, which prevents overloading. It is capable of lifting and replacing the turret of most main battle tanks. It can replace powerpack of the Leopard 2 series tanks in the field within 25-35 minutes. It is also used 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 installed at the front of the hull. It is provided with 180 m of cable and has a traction force of 35 t. With the help of pulley blocks traction force is increased to 70 t. The main winch of the Bergepanzer 3A1 is used for recovery of damaged, stuck, sunken and overturned vehicles.

   This upgraded recovery vehicle is fitted with a rear view camera. It can hook-up disabled tank without the need for the crew to leave the vehicle. It tows damaged, faulty or uncontrolled vehicles, or similar type tanks using rigid or non-rigid hitches. The BPz 3A1 has a towing capacity of 62 000 kg. Vehicles are towed to the nearest shelters, assembly points of repair depots.

   This armored recovery vehicle has a welding outfit for welding and cutting works in the field. These are carried by one of the crew member. The BPz 3A1 also has a set of tools for field repairs.

   Dozer blade has extension to cover increased vehicle width. The 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. The dozer blade is also used to stabilize the vehicle during craning and winching operations.

   Vehicle carries a single 7.62-mm machine gun for self-defense. There are also 16 smoke grenade dischargers. It also has an automatic fire suppression system and NBC protection system for the crew.

   The BPz 3A1 is operated by a crew of three, including commander, driver and handler. During peacetime this ARV is operated by a crew of two. Access to the inside of the vehicle is provided by three large doors. Upgraded vehicle has improved C4I systems and improved ergonomics. The driver may use a night vision system with thermal image generation.

   The Bergepanzer 3A1 is powered by MTU MB 837 Ka-501 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 500 hp. It uses the same engine as the Leopard 2 main battle tank. With preparation this armored recovery vehicle fords water obstacles up to 4 m deep.

 

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