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Terrier

Combat engineering vehicle

Terrier

The Terrier is a general support combat engineering vehicle, intended for battlefield preparation

 
 
Entered service 2013
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 30 t
Length 6 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine Caterpillar C18 diesel
Engine power 700 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The Terrier combat engineering vehicle was developed by BAE Systems to meet a requirement of the UK MoD. Development contract was awarded in 2002. The Terrier is a replacement for the current FV180 Combat Engineer Tractor, which entered service with the British Army back in 1976. A prototype of the Terrier was revealed in 2005. From 2013 it will replace the FV180 CET in service with the Royal Engineers. The British Army requirement is for 60 of these engineering vehicles. This machine is referred as the most advanced engineering vehicle of the British Army.

   The Terrier is a general support engineering vehicle, intended for battlefield preparation in the indirect fire zone. It's typical tasks are route clearance, digging of anti-tank ditches, digging defensive positions for troops or armored vehicles. It also has a mine clearing capability. For these missions this combat engineering vehicle is fitted with a front high-capacity bucket. It is used to clear obstacles, dig pits and grip large items. There is also a side mounted excavator arm, that can lift up to 3 tonnes at maximum reach.

   It can also tow a trailer carrying fascines, trackway, or Python minefield breaching system. Vehicle can be also fitted with a mine plough.

   The new vehicle has more effective armor and mine protection, than the current FV180 CET. Hull of the Terrier is welded from steel. Crew compartment is lined with spall liners. Vehicle provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. If required additional armor can be added. Vehicle has a double floor, which provides protection against landmines.

   The Terrier has a crew of two, including commander and driver. However this engineering vehicle can be operated by remote control from up to 1 km away in dangerous environments.

   The only defensive armament carried by the Terrier is a roof-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun. However a remotely controlled weapon station can be mounted.

   The Terrier is powered by Caterpillar C18 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 700 hp. The Terrier is faster and more mobile than the current FV180 CET. It is worth mentioning, that roadwheels of the Terrier are based on the CV90 technology. This combat engineering vehicle is capable of keeping pace with the Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior infantry fighting vehicles. The Terrier can be airlifted by the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III or Airbus A400M military transport aircraft.

 

Video of the Terrier combat engineering vehicle

 

 
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