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Wisent 2

Armored engineer vehicle / armored recovery vehicle

Wisent 2

The Wisent 2 AEV/ARV is in service with Canadian armed forces

Country of origin Germany
Entered service 2012 (?)
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (AEV/ARV/ 60 / 57 t
Length 9.26 / 10.5 m
Width 3.54 m
Height 2.78 / 3.1 m
Bucket capacity 1.3 m
Dig depth 4.4 m
Lifting capacity 32 t
Winch capacity 40 t
Towed load ~ 62 t
Earth working capacity (dozer) 400 m/h
Earth working capacity (excavator arm) 260-300 m/h
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm (optional)
Engine MTU MB 873 Ka501 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed 68 km/h
Range ~ 650 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1.15 m
Trench 3 m
Fording 1 m
Fording (with preparation) ?


   The Wisent 2 armored engineer vehicle was developed by FFG of Germany. This vehicle was aimed to meet requirements of current operations and deployment scenarios in hotspot areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The FFG company has considerable experience in the upgrade and overhaul of various armored vehicles. The Wisent 2 is based on the Leopard 2 main battle tank. Development was completed somewhere in 2009. In 2012 Canadian armed forces ordered a total of 12 Wisent 2 combat vehicles with an option for five more. Other operators are Qatar, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, and possibly Saudi Arabia.

There is also a Wisent 1, developed by FFG. It is based on the Leopard 1 main battle tank.

   The Wisent 2 is an unusual multi-purpose vehicle. It can be reconfigured from Armored Engineer Vehicle (AEV) to Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) in less than 5 hours. The whole concept behind this vehicle is a modular platform, that can be fitted with various add-on and interchangeable equipment.

   Once configured as an armored engineer vehicle the Wisent 2 can build and remove obstacles on the battlefield. It can also prepare firing positions, cover up ditches and so on.

   The Wisent 2 has a hinged excavator arm with a 1.3 m capacity bucket. It has a 260-300 m/h earthmoving capacity. The excavator arm with bucket can lift loads of up to 4 000 kg. The Wisent 2 is also fitted with a 3.5 m wide high-performance dozer blade. Once fitted with extension, it has a width of 4.1 m. The dozer blade has an earthmoving capacity of 400 m/h.

   The dozer blade can be replaced by a mine plough for clearing pathways through mine fields. For this role the vehicle can be also fitted with a safe lane marking system. It allows assault units to move rapidly through obstacles, before enemy forces establish defenses.

   In the ARV role the Wisent 2 can recover damaged, stuck, swamped or overturned combat vehicles on the battlefield. It also tows them to the nearest shelter, or maintenance unit. Vehicle can also provide maintenance service in the field. Crew of the Wisent 2 operate from under armor protection.

   Once configured as an armored recovery vehicle, the Wisent 2 can lift loads up to 32 000 kg with a crane. It can be used to lift turrets or powerpacks of main battle tanks, or for other load-lifting work. 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. When not required the crane lays along the right side of the hull. The Wisent 2 also has a 40 t capacity main winch with 160 m of cable. It is used for recovery of damaged, stuck, sunken and overturned vehicles. There is also auxiliary winch with a 3 t capacity and 280 m of cable. Vehicle can carry a spare powerpack for field replacement.

   This AEV/ARV has a level of protection, similar to that of the Leopard 2 main battle tank. Add-on passive, or reactive explosive armor can be fitted for even higher level of protection. This combat vehicle also has a high level of protection against landmines and improvised explosive devices. It withstands blasts equivalent to 10 kg of TNT under any track location or anywhere under the hull. Interior is lined with a spall liner. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   This multi-purpose vehicle can be fitted with remotely-controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun for self-defense. This weapon station is optional.

   The Wisent 2 is powered by an MTU MB 873 Ka 501 turbocharged diesel engine. It is a 46.7-liter unit, developing 1 500 hp. This engine has a 47.6-liter displacement. It is mated to a Renk electro-hydraulic transmission with 4 forward and 2 reverse gears. It seems that the Wisent 2 can be fitted with a deep wading kit and ford water obstacles about 2 m deep.



Wisent 2 AEV/ARV

Wisent 2 AEV/ARV

Wisent 2 AEV/ARV

Wisent 2 AEV/ARV

Wisent 2 AEV/ARV

Wisent 2 AEV/ARV


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