Specific: To supersede the Centurion
AVLB, 10 AVLB (Biber) were bought from the
German (2) and the Dutch Army (8) in 1994 and implemented
after a rebuild in 1994 - 1997. The Dutch vehicles were
delivered with D139 tracks, which were replaced with the
more widely used D640A tracks.
All spare-bridges delivered by the German Army, and are
carried by IVECO Magirus MP260E37W trucks.
The AVLB are operated by the engineers.
Historical: Development of the Biber started in
1965 and two prototypes were build in 1969. The rear of
the vehicle, which was based on the Leopard 1 MBT, was
extended to be able to house the bridging mechanism.
First production batch commenced in 1973 and was
completed in 1975. The vehicle is produced by
Machinenfabrik Kiel (MaK) with EWK of Kaiserslautern as
subcontractor regarding production of the bridges.
A total of 105 vehicles have been delivered to the German
Other known users are Australia, Canada, Italy and
Length: 11.79 m (460 inches).
Width: 4.00 m (156 inches).
Height: 3.55 m (138 inches).
Weight: 45.450 kg (99.990 lb.).
Armour: 10 - 70 mm (0.4 - 2.8 inches).
V10-cylinder MTU MB 838 CaM-500, 37.400 cm3 (2.281 cubic
Horsepower: 830 at 2.200 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed ZF Hydromedia 4 HP 250
Transfer case: N/A.
Electrical system: 24 volt.
without preparation: 1.20 m (47 inches).
with preparation: 1.65 m (64 inches).
Fuel type: Multi-fuel.
Fuel capacity: 985 liter (216 gallons).
Range: 450 km (281 miles).
Armament: 2 x 4 smoke dischargers.
Additional: The bridge has a span of 22
meters, allows a gap of up to 20 meters to be breached
and is 4 meters wide. It´s designed to vehicles up to MLC 60 or MLC 70 with special