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BREM-64

Armored recovery vehicle

BREM-64

The Ukrainian BREM-64 was developed to support a fleet of T-64 series tanks

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 35 t
Length 6 m
Width 3.3 m
Height 1.85 m
Performance
Lifting capacity 2.5 t
Winch capacity ~ 40 t
Towed load ~ 40 t
Earth working capacity ~ 100 m/h
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine 5TDF diesel
Engine power 700 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.7 m
Fording 1.4 m
Fording (with preparation) ?

 

   The BREM-64 armored recovery vehicle was developed by Ukrainian Malyshev tank repair plant. Most likely that this machine was developed specially for export. It seems that as of 2014 only one prototype exists. Other sources report that the only existing prototype has been scrapped.

   This ARV was developed to support fleet a of T-64 series main battle tanks. It is based on refurbished hull of the T-64A MBT. A basic conversion includes removal of the turret and installation of front mounted blade, crane, winches and other specialized equipment.

   Ukrainian Army has about 2 200 T-64 main battle tanks. These tanks were inherited from the Soviet Army. A small number of these tanks are being upgraded for local needs. However most of these surplus tanks are kept in storage. Ukrspetsexport, a Ukrainian state-owned arms trading company offers surplus tanks for export customers from army stocks. There is also an MT-64 armored bridgelayer, based on the T-64A hull. Both of these vehicles were developed, as introduction of the tank on international market requires a specialized support vehicles, intended for that tank. Also some other T-64 conversions were developed.

   The main role of the BREM-64 is recovery of damaged, stuck, swamped or overturned vehicles on the battlefield. Vehicle also provides maintenance service and tows them to assembly points or maintenance units. Typically armored recovery vehicle operate in frontline, where are no fixed repair and overhaul facilities.

   There is a crane with a folding jib. Its lifting capacity is only 2.5 t. It is worth noting that craned of modern Western ARVs can lift tenfold more. The crane is installed on a rotary platform. In travelling order it folds back along the left side of the hull.

   The BREM-64 is fitted with a front mounted 25 t capacity winch. Winching power can be increased by using pulley blocks. It is used to recover damaged, stuck, sunken and overturned vehicles. There is also an auxiliary 2.5 t capacity winch for other cargo handling operations.

   This ARV can tow similar type tanks or other damaged, faulty or uncontrolled vehicles. Vehicles are towed to the nearest shelters, assembly points of repair depots.

   Vehicle is fitted with a 4 m wide dozer blade. It is used for clearing obstacles and earth-mowing works. The dozer blade is used to prepare firing positions, covering up ditches, route clearing, self-entrenching and so on. It is also used to stabilized the vehicle during winching operations.

  There is also a 2x2 m cargo platform. It is intended to carry various loads. Also there is a set of tools and spare parts for field repairs.

   Protection of the MT-64 is similar to that of the T-64 main battle tank. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. There is a remotely-controlled 12.7-mm machine gun for self-defense.

   This machine is operated by a crew of three, including commander, driver and fitter.

   This machine retains a 5TDF turbocharged diesel engine of its predecessor. It develops 700 hp. This multi-fuel engine can run on diesel, petrol and kerosene. This engine has compact dimensions due to its opposed design, but it is notoriously unreliable. There is also auxiliary power unit, developing 145 hp. It powers the winch. It is also used to power welding equipment, cutting tools and so on.

   Some sources report that suspension of the BREM-64 hardly coupes with excessive loads. Also engine overheats when towing MBTs. The out-dated Russian BREM-1 appeared to be more capable and reliable.

 

 
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