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Armored recovery vehicle


The BREM-80U armored recovery vehicle received no production orders

Country of origin Russia
Entered service ?
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 45 t
Length ~ 8.9 m
Width ~ 3.6 m
Height ~ 2.7 m
Lifting capability 18 t
Winch capacity 35 - 140 t
Towed load ~ 50 t
Earth working capacity ~ 170 m/h
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Engine GTD-1250 gas turbine engine
Engine power 1 250 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range ~ 400 km
Gradient 30%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 1 m
Trench ~ 2.8 m
Fording 1.8 m
Fording (with preparation) 5 m


   The BREM-80U armored recovery vehicle was developed as a private venture to support the T-80U main battle tanks. The advent of the T-80 MBTs entailed difficulties in its complexity and logistical support. Furthermore introduction of the T-80U on the international market required a dedicates recovery vehicle for this tank. The BREM-80U was first revealed in 1998. It is similar to modern Western ARVs. However eventually the BREM-80U was not adopted by the Russian Army. Currently the Russian Army operates the ageing BREM-1 armored recovery vehicle, based on the T-72 main battle tank. Even though the BREM-80U is superior in many aspects to the BREM-1, which can not fully meet modern requirements. The only export customer of this machine to date is Cyprus, which also operates T-80U MBTs.

   The BREM-80U is based on a modified T-80U MBT chassis. It is worth mentioning that this vehicle retains a gas turbine powerplant of it's predecessor. A new all-welded superstructure has been added to the vehicle. This ARV is fitted with a crane, winch and a front-mounted dozer. Typical tasks for this type of combat vehicles include recovery of damaged or overturned armored vehicles on the battlefield. These also provide maintenance service or tow them to assembly points or maintenance units. Such vehicles operate in frontline, where are no fixed repair or overhaul facilities.

   The hydraulically operated crane can lift up to 18 t. It is not much comparing with modern Western ARVs, however it is adequate for most missions. It is capable of lifting the turret or powerpack of the T-80U or similar main battle tanks. It is also used for other load-lifting works. If repairs are required to a vehicle's suspension, the crane raises the front of back of the vehicle to allow access to the damaged system. The crane is installed on a rotary platform and folds back along the left side of the hull in traveling order.

   The main hydraulic winch has a capacity of 35 t and is provided with 120 m of cable. With the help of pulley blocks traction force is increased to 140 t. The main winch is used for recovery of damaged, stuck, sunken and overturned vehicles. There is also an auxiliary winch with 320 m of cable. It is used for other cargo handling operations.

   The BREM-80U armored recovery vehicle tows damaged, faulty or uncontrolled vehicles, or similar type tanks using rigid or non-rigid hitches. Vehicles are towed to the nearest shelters, assembly points of repair depots.

   Vehicle has a welding outfit for welding and cutting works in the field. These are carried by one of the crew member. The BREM-80U also has a set of tools and spare parts for field repairs. These are carried in enclosed stowage boxes on the cargo platform.

   The front-mounted dozer blade is used for clearing obstacles and earth-mowing works, such as preparation of firing positions, covering up of ditches, self-entrenching and so on. The dozer blade is also used to stabilize the vehicle during craning and winching operations.

   The BREM-80U has a required level of protection to operate alongside the frontline units. Front arc withstands small-caliber projectile hits, while all-round protection is against heavy machine gun fire and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   This ARV is armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun. It is intended for self-defense against ground and low-flying air targets.

   This armored recovery vehicle has a crew of four, including commander, driver, welder and fitter. Vehicle has a fifth seat for an additional specialist. This spare seat alternatively can be used to evacuate injured troops from the battlefield.

   The BREM-80U is powered by the GTD-1250 gas turbine engine, developing 1 250 hp. It is a multi-fuel engine, which can run on kerosene, diesel, petrol or aviation fuel. It has servicing intervals significantly longer than of diesel engines. However such engines are troublesome to maintain and have very high fuel consumption comparing with diesels. This armored recovery vehicle is also fitted with auxiliary power unit. It ensures operation of the add-on equipment, such as welding equipment, auxiliary winch and other electric equipment of the vehicle, when the main engine is turned off. With a deep wading kit this ARV fords water obstacles up to 5 m deep. When not in use this deep wading kit is stored on top of the roof. The BREM-80U ARV can be airlifted by the An-124 or similar heavy cargo aircraft.




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