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Leclerc DNG

Armored recovery vehicle

Leclerc DNG

The Leclerc DNG armored recovery vehicle is in service with France and United Arab Emirates

Entered service 1999
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 59 t
Length 9.87 m
Width 3.71 m
Height 2.53 m
Lifting capability 30 t
Winch capacity 35 - 70 t
Towed load ~ 60 t
Earth working capacity ~ 170 m/h
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Engine MTU 883 V12 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 700 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1.25 m
Trench 3 m
Fording 1 m
Fording (with preparation) ?


   The French Leclerc DNG armored recovery vehicle is based on extended Leclerc main battle tank chassis. It was developed as a replacement to the previous AMX-30D, which was not capable to tow or recover the heavier Leclerc tanks. Development of the new ARV began in 1991. The first prototype was built in 1994. First production vehicles were delivered to the French Army in 1999. The new armored recovery vehicle uses components like the crane, winch and dozer blade of the German Buffel ARV.

   A total of 20 Leclerc DNG armored recovery vehicles were built for the French Army. In French Army service it is known as Leclerc DCL. Also 46 units were exported to United Arab Emirates that also operate Leclerc main battle tanks.

   The Leclerc DNG is fitted with a crane, winch and front-mounted dozer. The main mission of this vehicle is recovery of damaged, overturned and swamped MBTs and other tracked vehicles. It also provides maintenance service or tows them to maintenance units. Other tasks of the Leclerc DNG include general dozing and obstacle removal.

   This armored recovery vehicle has a large crane installed on the rotary platform, which is capable of lifting 30 000 kg. It is capable of lifting the turret of most main battle tanks. It is also used to lift powerpacks of the MBTs, or for other load-lifting works. The crane can traverse 260 degrees. If repairs are required to a vehicle's suspension, the crane raises the front of back of the vehicle to allow access to the damaged system. When not required the crane lays along the right side of the hull.

   The Leclerc DNG carries a spare powerpack at the rear of the hull. It can replace the powerpack of Leclerc MBT within 30 minutes.

   The main mechanical winch is installed at the front of the hull. It is provided with 180 m of cable and has a traction force of 35 t. With the help of pulley blocks traction force is increased to 70 t. The main winch of the Leclerc DNG is used for recovery of damaged, stuck, sunken and overturned vehicles. There is also an auxiliary winch with 230 m of cable and 1.3 t capacity.

   Another task of this ARV is towing damaged, faulty or uncontrolled vehicles, or similar type tanks using rigid or non-rigid hitches. Vehicles are towed to the nearest shelters, assembly points of repair depots.

   This combat vehicle has a welding outfit for welding and cutting works in the forward area. These are carried by one of the crew member. The DNG also has a set of tools for field repairs.

   The front-mounted dozer blade is used for clearing obstacles and earth-mowing works, such 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 craning and winching operations.

   Armor protection of the Leclerc ARV is similar to that of the main battle tank. Additional explosive reactive armor packages can be fitted if necessary. Vehicle is fitted with automatic fire suppression and NBC protection systems.

   This armored recovery vehicle is fitted with a 12.7-mm machine gun for self-defense. There are also 20 smoke grenade dischargers.

   The Leclerc DNG has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and handler. There is also one spare seat for the passenger.

   This combat vehicle is powered by a German MTU 883 V12 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 500 hp. The same engine is used on Leclerc tanks, exported to United Arab Emirates. The Leclerc DNG has a hydropneumatic suspension, providing good cross country performance. This ARV can be also fitted with mine clearing system.


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