ZTS MTU-34

     In the post-World War 2 world, the Soviets were slow on the uptake on new AVLBs and the Czechs has a tradition of adopting their own designs or modifying Soviet designs.  The MTU-34 is based on the T-34 tank, with the turret removed and replaced by a fold-out two-section bridge, able to span 20 meters and weighting 8 tons, and it can handle 40 tons. The crew is only two, a driver and a commander/bridge operator.  The driver has a position in the glacis plate, with a large raiseable hatch with a vision block in it, that can be propped open to a straight-out position or closed.  The hatch, when open, exposes the entire upper body.  The commander/bridge operator is in a manually-operated cupola, with all-around vision blocks.  There is no weapon mount or weapon carried. The top is largely taken up with the bridge and its erection system. Engine is the V-2-34 38 8 L 500 horsepower engine, with a manual transmission.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$894,870

D, A

400 kg

30.5 tons

2

11

Headlights

Enclosed

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config*

Susp

Armor

131/92

36/25

480+360

143

CiH

T4

TF4  TS4  TR4  HF37 HS13  HR7

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

None

None

*The "turret" is the bridge; no crew casualties are possible, and such results should be treated as misses.  If the bridge is deployed, Config is Stnd.

 

Nowy Jicin MTU-55 AVLB

     Notes:  The MTU-55A is a Czech AVLB is based on the T-55A chassis.  It is used in place of the MTU-20 in Czech service and alongside the MTU-20 in Russia, India, Iraq, Yugoslavia, and in some Middle Eastern countries.  It uses a stronger bridge that can support 50 tons.  If necessary, a bridge from an MT-72 or MTU-72 can be substituted for the normal bridge carried by the MTU-55A.  The normal bridge can span a gap of 18 meters, weighs 6.5 tons, takes 3 minutes to lay, and 3-8 minutes to recover.  The bridge can support a vehicle weighing 50 tons.

     A pre-production version, the MTU-55, is still in use by some third-world countries. It is often (erroneously) referred to as the MT-55L.  It uses the bridge of the MT-34 on the T-55A chassis; This bridge is actually longer and heavier than the standard bridge, able to span 20 meters and weighting 8 tons, though it can handle only 40 tons.

     As with the T-55A, the MTU-55 series has a V-55 38.88-I 581 horsepower diesel engine with a manual transmission and suspension by torsion bars.  The two-man crew consists of a driver, on the front left, and a commander/bridge operator.  The driver has three vision blocks to the front and slightly to the sides, and the commander has a manually-rotating cupola with all-around vision blocks.  No weapon mount is provided.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

MTU-55

$1,015,332

D, A

500 kg

36 tons

2

19

Headlights

Shielded

MTU-55A

$1,142,249

D, A

500 kg

34.5 tons

2

19

Headlights

Shielded

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config*

Susp

Armor

MTU-55

124/87

31/22

580+400

167

CiH

T6

TF4  TS4  TR4  HF63  HS12  HR8

MTU-55A

124/87

31/22

580+400

167

CiH

T6

TF4  TS4  TR4  HF63  HS12  HR8

*The "turret" is the bridge; no crew casualties are possible, and such results should be treated as misses.  If the bridge is deployed, Config is Stnd.

 

Nowy Jicin VOP-025 Cancer 55 CEV

     Notes: In this case, “Cancer” is not a disease; instead, it refers to the crab-like planform it has due to its many tools which stick out like a crab when deployed. It is based on a heavily-modified version of the T-55 and is, as I said, heavily-modified to fulfill its CEV role. The Czechs also sell the Cancer 55 as a kit, and this is especially applicable to T-55-based ARVs and RRVs.

     The conversion removes the 100mm gun from the turret; the turret is retained and the main gun slot plated over.  The turret now serves to rotate the main jib, which is on the right side of the turret roof.  The jib can reach out 7.5 meters and has an elevation of +7 meters to

-4.5 meters. The jib can be tipped with a shovel able to raise 0.6 cubic meters per bucketful, a crane head with a capacity with a capacity of 30 tons, an auger able to drill half-meter holes 10 meters in 30 seconds, a large claw able to lift 1 ton, including the ability to place demo charges; and anti-bomb enclosure 2x2 meters in size.  The Cancer 55 has a capstan-operated crane with a capacity of 45 tons, or 90 tons with block and tackle; it has 200 meters of 30mm steel cable.  The front has a half-height dozer blade for bracing the winch or crane or to dig large fighting positions.  The blade also has teeth to dig up road surfaces and concrete.  For further stabilization, stabilizer legs may be lowered between the first and second roadwheels on each side.

     The tool set includes an air compressor, power tools, excavation tools, tracked vehicle and basic tools, A large power hand-held circular saw is carried, as are power jaws (“jaws of life”).  Large boxes on both sides of the rear carry these pieces of equipment.  A large flat area on the rear of the hull normally carries at least 20 kg of plastic explosives and an engineer’s demo chest, along with some personal gear as fits and other items that CEV crews have found necessary in the past.

     Being a T-55 variant, it has the same V-12 water-cooled diesel developing 580 horsepower.  The normal, travelling transmission is automatic; however, manual transmission may be switched to apply more torque when using the winch.

     The crew normally consists of a driver and a commander/crane operator, though seats for two more crewmembers are provided in the hull.  The driver is in the front left while the TC is in the right side of the turret.  He has a cupola with night vision and a pintle for a heavy machinegun and a manually-operated cupola.  The driver also has night vision as well as a backup camera. A small computer provides most relevant manuals and tech papers, and the vehicle has GPS that is tied into a battle and vehicle management system.  On the left side of the turret is a cluster of eight smoke grenade launchers.  The vehicle has NBC Overpressure capability.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$3,728,025

D, A

800 kg

43 tons

2+2

25

Passive IR (C), Image Intensification (Dx2, C)

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor*

104/73

29/20

812+380

209

Trtd

T6

TF43Sp  TS14Sp  TR11  HF54Sp  HS12Sp  HR8

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

NSVT (C)

3000x12.7mm

*The armored dozer blade has an AV of 12Sp.  Whether it gets hit depends on how high the driver has the blade raised.

 

Nowy Jicin VT-55A

     Notes:  This vehicle was type standard in the Czech Army until the advent of the VT-72B; it is still used to recover lighter tanks and other armored vehicles.  It is based on the chassis of the T-55 tank, and is similar to the Russian BTS-T-55-T recovery vehicle, and even more so, to the MTU-55A.

     The turret of the T-55 is removed, and the opening replaced with steel plate and a cupola for the commander.  The cupola has manual traverse, but the machinegun cannot be mounted unless the bridge is already deployed. On the right side of the hull roof is a crane that can lift 1.5 tons.  On the rear of the hull deck is a platform that can carry a load of 3 tons.  There are two winches; the main winch is driven by the engine, and can pull 25 tons with 200 meters of cable.  The auxiliary winch has its own motor, can pull 800 kg, and has 400 meters of cable.  The front of the vehicle mounts a full-width dozer blade that can excavate 150 cubic meters per hour.  The VT-55A can normally ford water of 1.4 meters depth, but can be equipped with a snorkel allowing the vehicle to ford 5 meters for 1000 meters.  These vehicles typically carry several tow bars and a 4.2 meter tow cable, as well as welding equipment and toolkits appropriate to its purpose of recovering and repairing smaller tanks and armored vehicles.  The crew compartment has a heater.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$1,546,923

D, A

500 kg

36.45 tons

3

20

Active/Passive IR (D)

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

124/87

31/22

812

167

Stand

T6

HF67  HS16  HR8

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

PKT (C)

3000x7.62mm