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PSB 2

Armored bridgelayer

PSB 2

The PSB 2 armored bridgelayer combines three bridge modules to form bridges of various length

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 2 ~ 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (with bridge) ~ 55 t
Length ~ 9 m
Hull length ~ 7.8 m
Width ~ 4 m
Height ~ 4.5 m
Bridge
Load class MLC-70
Bridge length (single span) 9.7 m
Bridge length (multi-span) 28.7 m
Bridge payload 70 t
Construction time 8 minutes
Mobility
Engine MTU MB-837 Ka501 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 1.1 m
Trench ~ 3 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The Panzerschnellbrucke 2 or PBS 2 is a German armored combat engineering vehicle, designed to carry, launch and retrieve a folding assault bridge. It was developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann to meet the operational requirements of the German and Dutch armies. It is known as the Bruglegger in service with the Royal Netherlands Army. The first pre-production armored bidgelayers were completed in 2002.

   The PBS 2 is based on a modified Leopard 2 MBT chassis. It carries a launching mechanism for three bridge modules instead of the turret. The bridge is laid horizontally (cantilever type) rather than vertically as with a number of other bridgelayers. The main advantage of such design, is that it can not be observed some distance away by the enemy. Bridge modules are carried on on top of the other and are combined to form bridges of various length. This armored bridgelayer is fitted with an MLC-70 load class modular three-part bridge, that is launched over the front of the chassis. In case of emergency this bridge can carry MLC-100 class loads. In the near future the PBS 2 will replace the ageing Biber AVLB, based on the Leopard 1 MBT chassis. German Army requirement is for 35 PBS bridgelayers, while the Royal Netherlands Army requirement is for 14 units.

   The bridge modules are of welded aluminum alloy construction. Each module is 9.7 m long. This armored bridgelayer can lay these modules coupled together or individually. Two modules form a 18.7 m bridge, while the overall length is 28.7 m. It is also possible to launch three bridges of 9.7 m length. A short bridge is layed within three minutes. It takes eight minutes to launch the complete bridge. Each module weights approximately 4.8 tonnes. Stabilizers are lowered to the ground at the front of the vehicle, while the bridges are being launched.

   It is worth mentioning, that PBS 2 is based on a newly-built Leopard 2 chassis. This combat engineering vehicle is powered by an MTU turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 500 hp. By using a tank chassis this AVLB is able to cover the same terrain as main battle tanks.

 

 
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