BW – BrPz 1 Biber

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Brückenlegepanzer 1 Biber

Between 1973 and 1975 the Bundeswehr fielded 105 Brückelegepanzer 1 Biber Armored Bridgelayers based on the Leopard 1 chassis with 124 tank assault brigdes replacing the aging Brückenlegepanzer M48A2. The Leopard 1 chassis only needed slight modifications to meet the special requirements of a bridge-laying tank. The most obvious change is the addition at the rear of a battery compartment. The brigde can be laid on longitudinal or lateral slopes of 10%. The opposite bank can be up to 2 meters higher or lower or have a difference in inclination of 10%. Depending on mission requirements, a second bridge can be laid to extent the length of the crossing. The armament consists of the 76mm smoke grenade discharger system with eight launchers.

Crew: 2
Gross Vehicle Weight: 45,450kg
Military Load Classification: 60 (with Bridge)
Length: 11.82m
Width: 4.00m
Height: 3.57m
Ground Clearance: 0.42m
Grade: 60%
Slope: 30%

 

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