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CZ-10/25E Alacran

Combat engineering vehicle

CZ-10/25E Alacran

The Spanish CZ-10/25E Alacran combat engineering vehicle was converted from the M60A1 MBT

 
 
Entered service 1997
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 53 t
Length 9.1 m
Width 4 m
Height ~ 4 m
Performance
Dig depth 2.65 m
Shovel capacity 0.43 m
Winch capacity 25 t
Earth working capacity ?
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine Continental AVDS-1790-2 diesel
Engine power 750 hp
Maximum road speed 45 km/h
Range ~ 480 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 50%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 1.2 m
Trench 2.3 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The CZ-10/25E Alacran combat engineering vehicle was developed by Peugeot Talbot to meet the Spanish Army requirement. The first prototype was built for evaluation in 1995. The CZ-10/25E is based on a modified M60A1 MBT from the Spanish Army stocks. It is worth mentioning, that the Spanish Army received 50 of these tanks from the United States. Production contract for the CZ-10/25E was awarded in 1997. A total of 38 tanks were converted to Alacran combat engineering vehicles. Deliveries to the Spanish Army commenced in 1997 and were completed in 1999. Remaining 12 ex-US M60A1 tanks were converted to armored bridgelayers.

   Gun of the M60A1 was removed and Case Poclain digger with articulated arm has been fitted. Engine, transmission and some other chassis elements were replaced. The digger uses power of the main engine. The Alacran is also fitted with a front-mounted dozer blade. It is 4 m wide, 0.8 m deep and has an excavation depth of 0.3 m. The dozer blade can also act as a stabilizing anchor. It can be replaced with mine clearing rollers or ploughs. This combat engineering vehicle is fitted with a rear-mounted winch. It has a 25 t capacity, however it can be increased to 50 t by the help of pulley blocks.

   Mechanical digger of the CZ-10/25E has a traverse range of 360 degrees. The digger arm has a reach of 7.2 m and can dig to a maximum depth of 2.65 m. The excavating shovel has a 430 liter capacity. It can lift a maximum load of 7 t. If required the shovel can be replaced with jackhammer or cutting tool. When clearing mines a special cleared lane marking device is added at the rear of the hull.

   The Alacran is armed with a cupola-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun for self-defense. This combat engineering vehicle is operated by a crew of three.

   The Alacran combat engineering vehicle is powered by Continental AVDS-1790-2 series turbocharged diesel engine, developing 750 hp.

   Spanish Army also operates M60A1 series tanks, converted to VLPD 26/70E armored bridgelayers. These are fitted with Leguan bridge, which is launched over the front of the vehicle. A total of 12 of these bridgelayers were produced. In the future these bridgelayers are to be replaced with Leopard 2-based vehicles.

 

Video of the CZ-10/25E Alacran combat engineering vehicle

 

 
CZ-10/25E Alacran

CZ-10/25E Alacran

CZ-10/25E Alacran

CZ-10/25E Alacran

CZ-10/25E Alacran

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