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Centurion ARV Mk. II (Front view, left side)


Front view, left side

Picture courtesy of Henrik Clausen, Copenhagen


Danish Army Specific: After been using the M32B1 ARV for recovery of the Centurion MBT, 16 Centurion ARVs arrived in 1957. Also used for recovery of the Leopard 1, until the arrival of the Leopard Bergepanzer.
: The first prototype of the Centurion Mk II
ARV was developed by the Fighting Vehicles Research and Development Establishment as ARV FV 4006 and completed in 1952/53. After user trials the first production vehicles was completed by Vickers at Elswick in 1956/57.
Some Mk 2's used the hulls of former gun tanks or tugs but most were newly built as ARVs. The Centurion Mk II ARV consisted of a basic tank hull with a box-like superstructure in place of the turret. This accommodated the winch and a separate winch engine, a 160 hp Rolls Royce B80. The winch engine powered a generator giving electric power to the winch. The cable emerged from the back of the winch housing and a rear mounted spade gave stability whilst winching.
Also used by Australia, India, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Length: 9.11 m (355 inches).
Width: 3.39 m (132 inches).
Height: 3.12 m (121 inches).
Weight: 48.350 kg (106.370 lb.).
: N/A.
: 12-cylinder Rolls-Royce Meteor Mk IVB, 27.027 cm3 (1648 cubic inches), liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 650 at 2.550 rpm.
Transmission: 5-speed, Merritt-Brown type Z51R.
Transfer case: 2-speed.
Electrical system: 24 volt, negative ground.
Brakes: Mechanical.
Fording depth:
without preparation: 1.40 m (54 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 1014 liter (223 gallons).
Range: 180 km (112 miles).
Crew: 4.
Armament: Armed with 1 7.62 mm machine-gun and 10 smoke dischargers.
Additional: The winch has a 30 tons direct pull capacity. Mounted with SCR-508 or SCR-528 radio.

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