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Trojan AVRE

Primary mission of the Trojan combat engineering vehicle is to clear pathways through minefields

Entered service 2007
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 62.5 t
Length 8.3 m
Width 3.5 m
Height 2.5 m
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine Perkins CV12 diesel
Engine power 1 200 hp
Maximum road speed 59 km/h
Range 450 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.9 m
Trench ~ 2.3 m
Fording ~ 1 m


   The Trojan AVRE (Armored Vehicle Royal Engineers) was developed by BAE Systems to meet a requirement of the UK MoD. Development contract was awarded in 2001. First prototype was delivered to Royal Engineers for trials and evaluation in 2004. Deliveries commenced in 2006. The Trojans were first operationally used in Afghanistan in 2009. British Army is the only operator of this combat engineering vehicle. Primary mission of the Trojan is to clear pathways through minefields, creating safe lanes for other vehicles. It allows assault units to move rapidly through minefields, before enemy forces establish defenses. It is also used for many other engineering tasks. A total of 33 Trojans were built for the British Army.

   The Trojan is based on a modified Challenger 2 main battle tank chassis. The turret has been removed and replaced by a new superstructure with special equipment. The Trojan is fitted with mine plough, dozer blade and a large excavator arm. It replaced the obsolete Chieftain-based AVRE in service with the Royal Engineers.

   The Trojan is fitted with a full-length mine plough, that pushes mines out of the way to clear a safe path for following vehicles. A clear lane marking system can also be fitted. The mine plough can be easily replaced with a dozer blade.

   The excavator arm is used for earth works, grabbing and moving obstacles, placing fascines. The standard bucket has a 1 m capacity. Bucket can be replaced with other attachments. The arm lift capacity is 6.5 tonnes.

   This vehicle can carry fascines and drop into ditches. Also it can tow a trailer carrying Python rocket-propelled minefield breaching system.

   The Trojan combat engineering vehicle has the same level of armor protection as the Challenger 2 MBT. It provides a very high level of protection against direct fire weapons.  If required additional armor can be added. Vehicle also has enhanced protection against landmines. There is an NBC protection system for the crew, so this engineering vehicle can operate in hazardous environments.

   This combat engineering vehicle is armed with a remotely controlled 7.62-mm machine gun for self-defense.

   The Trojan has a crew of three, including commander, driver, and operator.

   This combat engineering vehicle is powered by a Perkins CV12 TCA turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 200 hp. Vehicle is also fitted with auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems, when the Trojan is stationary and the main engine is turned off.

   Another new British armored engineering vehicle, designed in-line with the Trojan is the Titan armored brigdelayer.


Video of the Trojan combat engineering vehicle

Trojan AVRE

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