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Combat engineering vehicle


The Kodiak combat engineering vehicle was developed for the Swiss Army

Entered service 2009
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 55 t
Length 10.2 m
Width 3.54 m
Height 2.3 m
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Engine MTU MB-837 Ka501 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 550 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 1 m
Trench ~ 3 m
Fording ~ 1 m
Fording (with preparation) ?


   The Pionerpanzer 3 Kodiak combat engineering vehicle was developed from 2002 by Rheinmetall of Germany and RUAG of Switzerland as a private venture to meet the operational requirements of the Swiss Army. The first prototype was revealed in 2003. In 2007 the Swiss Army awarded a contract for 12 Kodiaks. First production vehicles were delivered to the Swiss Army in 2009. Currently other operators of the Kodiak are the Netherlands (10) and Sweden (6). These vehicles will be delivered until 2012.

   Main tasks of this combat engineering vehicle is building and removing obstacles on the battlefield and clearing pathways through minefields, creating safe lanes for other vehicles to pass. It allows assault units to move rapidly through obstacles, before enemy forces establish defenses.

   The Kodiak combat engineering vehicle is based on a modified Leopard 2 MBT chassis. It is worth mentioning that Kodiaks are built on refurbished Leopard 2 hulls from surplus army stocks.

   This military engineering vehicle is fitted with a hinged excavator arm, two capstan winches, a full-length dozer blade or mine plough at the front.

   The mine plough is used for clearing lanes through minefields. The Kodiak is also fitted with a safe lane marking system. This engineering vehicle may be also fitted with electromagnetic detonator device.

   The mine plough can be field reconfigured to a full-length dozer blade. It is used for clearing obstacles and earthmoving works. These include 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 operations with excavator arm.

   A large bucket of the hinged excavator system can be replaced with universal gripper, concrete cutter and earth-drill.

   This engineering vehicle is equipped with two 9 t capstan winches. Each has a cable length of 200 m. With the help of pulley blocks maximum traction force is up to 62 t. These winches are used for self-recovery, also for recovery of damaged, stuck, sunken and overturned vehicles, or for cargo handling operations.

   The Kodiak has a required level of protection to operate alongside the frontline units. Front arc withstands small-caliber projectile hits, while all-round protection is against heavy machine gun fire and artillery shell splinters. This combat engineering vehicle has the same level of protection against landmines as the Leopard 2 main battle tank. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   The Kodiak is equipped with remotely controlled weapon station armed with 12.7-mm heavy machine gun for self-defense. Alternatively a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher might be fitted, depending on customer requirement.

   This combat engineering vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, driver and operator. Multiple all-round cameras allow efficient operation under armor, without leaving the vehicle.

   The Kodiak is powered by MTU turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 500 hp. This engine is identical to that of the Leopard 2 main battle tank.


Video of the Pionerpanzer 3 Kodiak armored engineering vehicle







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