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M1 Panther II

Mine clearing vehicle

M1 Panther II

The M1 Panther II demining vehicle is based on the Abrams main battle tank

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 43.7 t
Length ~ 8 m
Width ~ 3.8 m
Height ~ 1.85 m
Performance
Clearing path width ?
Clearing speed up to 30 km/h
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine Honeywell AGT1500 gas turbine
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 72 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 1.2 m
Trench 2.75 m
Fording ~ 1.5 m

 

   The M1 Panther II is a specialized mine detection and clearing vehicle, based on the M1 Abrams main battle tank. It is a successor to the previous M60 Panther. Vehicle is designed to breach minefields in combat conditions. Only 6 of these mine clearing vehicles are in service with the US Army. These specialized vehicles saw action in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.

   The M1 Panther II uses a modified hull of the M1 Abrams main battle tank. Turret was replaced with a small superstructure. Two arms were mounted at the front for mine rollers or mine plough attachments. The arms move up and down to contour the terrain. The mine rollers explode mines by their own weight without causing damage to the vehicle. Alternatively the Panther II can be fitted with mine plough, which pushes mines away from the vehicle.

   This combat engineering vehicle can rapidly clear passages in mine fields, making path for the following vehicles. It is a much faster and safer alternative to human engineers with hand held mine clearing equipment. The Panther II can clear up to 4.6 m minefield in an hour.

   This demining vehicle has a crew of two, including driver and commander. It can be operated manually or remotely up to 800 m away from the actual clearing area, reducing the risk for the crew. Remotely it is controlled by a single operator, who uses CCTV control unit. This control unit has a size of a briefcase.

   This demining vehicle can be fitted with a single 7.62-mm machine gun over commanders cupola for self-defense. It is also fitted with smoke grenade dischargers.

   The M1 Panther II is powered by Honeywell AGT1500 gas turbine engine, developing 1 500 hp. The same multi-fuel engine is used on Abrams main battle tanks. It can run on kerosene, diesel, petrol or aviation fuel.

 

 
M1 Panther II

M1 Panther II

M1 Panther II

M1 Panther II

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