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Amphibious engineer reconnaissance vehicle


The APE engineers reconnaissance vehicle provides recognition of rivers and lakes

Country of origin West Germany
Entered service -
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 14.5 t
Length 6.93 m
Width 3.08 m
Height 2.4 m
Main gun 20 mm cannon
Engine Mercedes-Benz OM 402A diesel
Engine power 320 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 12 km/h
Range 800 km
Gradient 75%
Side slope 35%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 1 m
Fording Amphibious


   The APE (Amphibishche Pioner-Erkundungs Kfz, or amphibious engineer reconnaissance vehicle) is based on the Tpz-1 Fuchs 6x6 armored personnel carrier. It was developed in the early 1970s by Rheinmetall-Heinkel to meet a German Army requirement. The first prototype was completed in 1977. In 1979 after extensive testing this project was abandoned. The APE was never adopted by the German armed forces.

   This APE was developed for recognition of rivers and lakes. Its main role was to explore the shored and river bed in order to determine their suitability for deep wading by main battle tanks. This armored vehicle was fitted with specialized equipment for this purpose. The APE could measure width, depth, stream speed. It also could estimate ground type and shore slopes.

   The APE has similar protection to the Fuchs armored personnel carrier. Its armor provides protection from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and fire suppression systems. It is also fitted with water pumps, keeping vehicle afloat even after the hull is penetrated.

   This armored vehicle is fitted with a 20 mm automatic cannon.

   Vehicle is powered by the Mercedes-Benz OM 402A diesel engine, developing 320 horsepower. Around 90% of the automotive components, including engine and transmission, are identical to those of the Tpz-1 Fuchs 6x6 armored personnel carrier. Vehicle is fully amphibious and is propelled on water by two waterjets. Maximum amphibious speed is 12 km/h. The APE reconnaissance vehicle is fitted with central tyre pressure system.




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