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Keiler

Mine clearing vehicle

Keiler

The Keiler mine clearing vehicle is based on a modifid M48A2 Patton tank hull

 
 
Entered service 1997
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 53 t
Length (traveling) 8.95 m
Length (clearing) 10.7 m
Width (traveling) 3.76 m
Width (clearing) 6.35 m
Height (traveling) 3.8 m
Height (clearing) 2.76 m
Performance
Cleared path width 4.7 m
Clearing speed up to 4 km/h
Mobility
Engine MTU MB 871 Ka 501 diesel
Engine power 986 hp
Maximum road speed 50 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench 2.6 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Keiler (Boar) mine clearing vehicle was developed by Rheinmetall, to meet requirements of the German Army. The German MoD issued a requirement in 1973 for a rapid mine clearing system. A number of German companies submitted their proposals. In 1983 the Rhenmetall was selected as a winner for further development. The first two prototypes were completed in 1985. Production contract for 24 mine clearing vehicles was signed in 1993. All vehicles were delivered to the German Army between 1997 and 1998. This mine clearing vehicle saw action with United Nations peacekeeping forces in Bosnia and Croatia.

   The Keiler is based on the M48A2 Patton medium tank hull. It is designed to clear lanes through minefields, thus allowing friendly vehicles to pass safely. It can clear both anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. This combat engineering vehicle is fitted with a heavy-duty rotor-powered mine flail. It has two clearing shafts with 24 flails. The flail heads can be easily replaced. The Keiler either explodes mines, tears them apart or throws them aside. This demining vehicle clears a 4.7 m wide paths. It can clear a 120 m long lane in a minefield within 10 minutes. It is claimed that the Keiler clears 98% of mines in it's path. Mines can be cleared in automatic or manual modes. The manual mode is used only in emergency, when automatic mode is inoperable. In travelling order the mine flail is folded on top of the hull.

   The Keiler also has an automatic cleared path lane-marking system. It is carried on the rear of the hull.

   The Keiler has a crew of two, including commander and driver.

   Vehicle carries no defensive armament. It is only fitted with smoke grenade dischargers.

   Original engine of the M48 Patton was replaced by a more powerful German MTU MB 871 Ka 501 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 986 hp in travelling mode and 1 092 hp in clearing mode.

 

Video of the Keiler mine clearing vehicle

 

 
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