DRDO Armored Amphibious Dozer

     Notes:  This is the primary engineer vehicle of India.  It is based on the BMP-2 chassis (which India calls the Sareth), and has its turret removed for this role.  So far, this vehicle has not been exported or offered on the international market. India makes the BMP-2 and its subtypes under license from Russia.

     The vehicle has a large digging bucket with a capacity of 1.5 cubic meters, and a track-width dozer with a mine plow blade at the bottom, located at the front of the vehicle.  The digging bucket may replaced by an auger, larger digging bucket, or pincer claws. The 8-ton capacity winch can be combined with a rocket anchor to throw a 100-meter cable to clear obstacles and for self-recovery; like most such setups, the rocket anchor may be winched back in, but the rocket module must be reloaded by hand, necessitating leaving the vehicle.  The AAD carries six such rocket modules. The AAD also has a crane with a capacity of 3 tons.  The AAD normally carries construction tools, excavating tools, a welding set, and an air compressor, as well as an engineer demo chest and 40 kilograms of plastic explosive.  Most equipment, including crew equipment, is carried in the large amount of armored lockers and boxes on the sides of the AAD.

     Power is provided by an Indian-built version of the Russian UTD-20/3 multifuel engine.  It has a manual transmission.  The driver is on the front left, while the commander is in the center of the vehicle in a manually-operated cupola with all-around vision and a night channel for his front vision block.  The two doors on the rear face (and their fuel tanks) are retained, but the firing ports are deleted.  Controls for the vehicle's winches, cranes, earth anchor, etc, are duplicated in the driver's compartment and the AAD can be operated by only the driver, if necessary. The AAD has an NBC Overpressure system, air conditioning, a heater, and GPs and a BMS.  Future projected improvements include remote control with a controller and 60 meters of cable for use in hazardous areas.  A pair of MICLICs can be added to the rear deck. The AAD has a GPS and BMS.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This vehicle does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$2,113,010

D, G, AvG, A

1 ton

17.2 tons

2

16

Passive IR (D), Image Intensification (C)

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

140/98

39/27/5

460

111

Stnd

T2

HF8  HS4  HR4

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

PKT (C)

2000x7.62mm

 

Avadi Vijayanta ARV

     Notes:  This is one of the standard armored recovery vehicles of India, made from retiring Vijayanta main battle tanks.  In this role, the turret is replaced by a raised superstructure running along almost half of the vehicle's hull.  At the front of this superstructure is an A-frame crane with a capacity of 10 tons, and the rear of the hull has a winch mounted with a capacity of 23 tons, or 70 tons with block and tackle.  There is an auxiliary winch with a capacity of 3.75 tons.  Both winches have 100 meters of cable.  The usual assortment of tools for an ARV are issued with the vehicle, including welding and cutting gear, an air compressor, a fuel pump, a large set of tools (basic, wheeled vehicle, tracked vehicle, small arms, heavy ordinance), a tow bar, block and tackle, and various ropes, cables, and chains.  The driver's position has been moved to the center of the front hull, the superstructure has two hatches for crew, and there is a flat area on the rear deck for a spare power pack.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$748,727

D, G, AvG, A

3 tons

34.2 tons

4

14

Passive IR, WL Spotlight

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

128/89

32/22

1000

193

Stnd

T6

HF123  HS18  HR11

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

MAG (C)

2600x7.62mm

 

CVRDE Kartik BLT

     The Kartik BLT (Bridge-Launching Tank) is an AVLB based on the same lengthened Vijayanta chassis as the Catapult SPA.  It uses a scissors-style of bridge based on that of the Polish/East German BLG-60's bridge.  The bridge is deployed and recovered from the front of the vehicle.  Deployed, the bridge is 20 meters long and is MLC-60 -- able to handle loads of about 60 tons.  It is also one of the widest vehicular bridges, at 4 meters wide. It can therefore take two lanes of jeep-sized vehicles at once, or one tank-width vehicle and a lane of foot traffic, or a lane of vehicles up to 3 tons and a lane of vehicles that are BMP-sized, or 5-man front formations.  The bridge, however, is only 8 tons in weight and is made primarily of aluminum alloy, with steel bracing. The vehicle is powered by the same Leyland L-60 Diesel developing 535 horsepower, with a semiautomatic gearbox. Side armored boxes hold ammunition for the commander's gun and good-to-have equipment such as block and tackle, cable lengths, and rope, as well as basic tools and the crew's personal gear. The crew consists of a driver and a commander/bridge operator, and his machinegun is set on a low pintle mount which can remain mounted when the bridge is loaded, though it has a limited traverse of 60 degrees to the front. The crew have air conditioning, heating, and NBC overpressure.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$845,703

D, G, AvG, A

300 kg

42.2 tons

2

39

Passive IR (D), WL Spotlight (C)

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

113/79

31/22

1000

198

Stnd

T6

HF123  HS18  HR11

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

MAG (C)

3000x7.62mm

 

Medak Armored Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle

     Notes: The AERV is designed to allow combat engineers to conduct route reconnaissance, mine reconnaissance, contamination, and taking a look at road conditions, river crossings, river and streambank softness, and to measure water depth and current. It also carries some limited equipment to clear some obstacles. It is well equipped to conduct such recon, but it is by no means a heavy combat vehicle. First delivery of these vehicles began in 2008.

     The AERV is based on the well-proven Sareth (BMP-2) chassis, though it is heavily shielded and completely NBC sealed. The front has a large till vane to use during amphibious operations; it also has a rocket anchor with 150 meters of cable.  The cable can be withdrawn from under armor, but a new rocket would have to be loaded, something that can also be done from under armor.  The AERV has the Sareth’s turret, but this is unarmed other than the coaxial machinegun and is primarily used for observation and to train instruments on targets. The laser rangefinder is retained, and can be used with the machinegun or to find ranges as necessary.  Side boxes contain flags that can be launched froim inside the vehicle, or automatically launched at a given interval. Each of the four boxes on each side contain twelve flags, and another is by the left rear door.  The AERV carries a GPS and BMS, as well as data-capable radios that keep it in radio and video contact with higher HQ. In addition, the AERV has an inertial navigation backup. Digital recorders automatically record all relevant data, up to 40 GB. Hand-held sensors are provided for closer inspection of soil or other possibly contaminated terrain.

     The vehicle is equipped with NBC overpressure and recirculating air conditioning and heating to allow it to operate in a contaminated environment. The AERV appears to be festooned with boxes and antennae, including one large one on its turret; these are the outlets for the various sensors. Two vision blocks are retained on the sides, and one is retained in the right rear door. The AERV normally runs its equipment off of vehicle power, but has a bank of Ni/Cd batteries which provide the equivalent of a 2kW APU for up to two hours and are charged again by the engine.  The turret has three smoke grenade launchers on each side of the turret. Atop the turret is a rotatable image intensifier.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$1,376,273

D, G, AvG, A

400 kg

15 tons

4

30

Passive IR (D), Image Intensification (C, Roof), Thermal Imaging (G)

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

154/108

43/30/5

460

111

Trtd

T2

TF6  TS3  TR3 HF8  HS4  HR4

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

+2

Fair

PK

3000x7.62mm