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Armored bridgelayer

K1 AVLB

The K1 armored bridgelayer launches, carries and retrieves and MLC-66 class assault bridge

 
 
Entered service Mid 1990s
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (with bridge) 53.7 t
Length 12.5 m
Hull length ~ 7.5 m
Width 4 m
Height 4 m
Bridge
Load class MLC-66
Bridge length 22 m
Bridge payload 66 t
Construction time 3-5 minutes
Mobility
Engine MTU MB 871 Ka-501 diesel
Engine power 1 200 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.66 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The K1 AVLB is a combat engineering vehicle, designed to launch, carry and retrieve assault bridges. It was developed to meet operational requirements of the South Korean Army by Rotem and Vickers Defense Systems (now BAE Systems). Development contract was awarded in 1989. Rotem developed the chassis, and Vickers Defense Systems developed a launching system with the bridge. In 1993 a contract was placed for 41 armored bridgelayers. First production vehicles were fielded in the mid 1990s. A total of 56 K1 AVLBs were delivered to the South Korean Army. It has been offered for export customers, however there were no orders so far.

   This combat engineering vehicle is based on a modified K1 main battle tank chassis, with a turret removed and replaced with bridging system. This combat engineering vehicle carries an MLC-66 class scissors-type bridge. The bridge has a length of 22 m and can span a gap of up to 20.5 m. Combination bridging and overbridging can be carried out as needed. The bridge has a payload capacity of 66 t and can be crossed by wheeled or tracked military vehicles. The bridge itself weights 12.7 t. It has a service life of more than 8 000 crossings. It takes 3-5 minutes to launch a bridge and 10 minutes to retrieve it. This assault bridge can be retrieved from either end.

   The K1 armored bridgelayer has the same level of armor protection as the K1 main battle tank. Vehicle is fitted with individual NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   This combat engineering vehicle has a crew of two, including driver and commander (bridge operator).

   The K1 bridgelayer tank is armed with a single pintle-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun. It is mounted over the commander's cupola. It is worth mentioning that most other armored bridgelayers carry no defensive armament.

   The K1 AVLB has the same level of cross-country mobility as the K1 main battle tank. This combat engineering vehicle is powered by a German MTU MB 871 Ka-501 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 200 hp. This engine is license-produced in South Korea. Vehicle has a hybrid torsion bar-type and hydropneumatic suspension. It can be adjusted to suit terrain conditions.

 

Video of the K1 armored bridgelayer

 

 
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