Specific: After been using the M32B1 ARV for recovery of the Centurion MBT, 16 Centurion ARV´s arrived in 1957. Also
used for recovery of the Leopard 1, until the arrival of the Leopard
Historical: 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.).
Engine: 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.
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).
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