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Armored bridgelayer

Titan

The Titan is the fastest and best protected armored bridgelayer in the world

 
 
Entered service 2006
Crew 3
Dimensions and weight
Weight (with bridge) ~ 60 t
Length ~ 11 m
Hull length ~ 8 m
Width ~ 4 m
Height ~ 4 m
Bridge
Load class MLC-70
Bridge length 26 m
Bridge payload 70 t
Construction time 2 minutes
Mobility
Engine Perkins CV12 TCA diesel
Engine power 1 200 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 55 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.9 m
Trench ~ 2.3 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The Titan armored bridgelayer is the latest version of the tank bridgelayer, supplied to the British Army. It is designed to launch bridge for tanks and other combat vehicles across trenches and water obstacles in combat conditions. It was developed by Vickers Defence Systems (now BAE Systems), and was selected by the UK MoD in 2001. First prototypes were completed in 2003. The Titan entered service with the Royal Engineers in 2006. Final deliveries were made in 2008. A total of 33 bridgelayers were delivered. In United Kingdom this armored vehicle is referred as the Engineer Tank System (ETS).

   The Titan is the fastest, best protected and most broadly capable armored bridgelayer in the world. It is also the heaviest armored vehicle in the world.

   The Titan is based on a modified Challenger 2 main battle tank chassis. It replaces the obsolete Chieftain-based armored bridgelayer in service with the Royal Engineers. The Titan lays bridges faster, and in a wider variety of terrain condition, than the previous Chieftain AVLB.

   The Titan carries and lays the current range of British Army close support bridges. These are part of of Modular Bridging System (BR90). The Titan can carry one 26 m long bridge or two 12 m long bridges. It can also lay multiple combination bridges. This armored bridgelayer launches a single 26 m long bridge in less than two minutes. 12 m long bridges are laid in only 90 seconds. The bridges are made from very high specification steel, which makes them light but strong. They are capable of carrying even the heaviest main battle tanks in the world. Once the bridge has been crossed, it is picked up by Titan, so that it can be used again.

   The Titan bridgleayer has the same level of armor protection as the Challenger 2 main battle tank. It provides a very high level of protection against direct fire weapons. It also has enhanced protection against landmines. There is an NBC protection system for the crew, so this engineering vehicle can operate in hazardous environments. Laying and recovering of the bridge is done by the crew without leaving the vehicle.

   This armored bridgelayer has a crew of three engineers, including commander, bridge operator and driver. The driver is seated at the front of the vehicle, while the other two crew members are seated in the center. Vehicle is fitted with night driving equipment.

   The Titan is powered by a Perkins CV12 TCA turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 200 hp. Engine is located at the rear. This combat engineering vehicle can operate in extremes of hot and cold climates. The Titan can also be fitted with a front-mounted dozer blade, or mine plough, depending on the tactical situation.

   Another new British Army vehicle, developed in-line with Titan is the Trojan combat engineering vehicle.

 

Video of the Titan armored bridgelayer

 

 
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