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Leopard 1 ARV (Bergepanzer Leopard) Side view, right side


Side view, right side

Picture courtesy of Henrik Clausen, Copenhagen


Danish Army Specific: 14 Recovery Vehicles from the Dutch Army (implemented 1995 - 1997) to replace the Centurion ARV in the Danish Army were bought in 1994, and were modified during 1998 - 2000.
The ARVīs are operated by the headquarters companies.
: With the Leopard-1 Main Battle Tank still under development, work commenced in 1962 on a new Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV) based on the Leopard-1 chassis and with fully compatible characteristics (cruising speed, mobility, submergibility, NBC-protection and durability). Design work was carried out by Porsche AG and the first two prototype vehicles left the Jung-Jungenthal factory in 1964.
Mass production (under the designation "Bergepanzer Standard" / "Bergepanzer-2") started at the Atlas-MaK Machinenbau GmbH works in Kiel during 1966. The first of a total of 444 vehicles were delivered to the German Bundeswehr in September 1966.
Some 100 product-improved recovery vehicles were delivered by Mak to the German Bundeswehr in 1978.
A total of 700 BPz-2s have been built over the years and entered service with the Australian, Belgian, Canadian, Danish, Dutch, German, Italian, Norwegian, Turkish and Hellenic Armies. 
Length: 7.57 m (295 inches).
Width: 3.25 m (126 inches).
Height: 2.70 m (105 inches).
Weight: 39.800 kg (87.560 lb.).
: 15 - 40 mm (6 - 15 inches).
: MTU type MB 838 Ca M-500, 10-cylinder, 37.400 cm3 (2.281 cubic inches).
Horsepower: 830 at 2.200 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed ZF Hydromedia 4 HP 250 gearbox.
Transfer case: N/A.
Electrical system: 24 volt.
Brakes: N/A.
Fording depth:
without preparation: 1.20 m (47 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Multi-fuel.
Fuel capacity: 1410 liter (310 gallons).
Range: 475 km (297 miles).
Crew: 4.
Armament: 2 7.62 (cal .30) machine guns, 3 smoke dischargers on each side of the turret.
Additional: Winch capacity is 70 tons in double-wire pull. Crane capacity is 20 tons. A spare power pack can be carried at a platform at the rear of the vehicle.
Engine change can be performed in the field in 30 minutes. The
ARV is capable of limited support of the Leopard 2.
Here the Leopard ARV is shown lifting a Leopard 1A5 turret at the Danish Logistic Company (LOGCOY) in the former Yugoslavia in 1998.
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