BAE YPR-765GN AESV

     Notes:  Also known as the Genie, this vehicle is designed to carry a combat engineer squad and their equipment into battle and to do their tasks.  For the most part, the AIFV in this role looks like a given AIFV, but in this role, the AIFV has its turret removed.  On the roof of the vehicle is a crane with a capacity of 3.09 tons, and the vehicle also has a winch with a capacity of 9.07 tons and 100 meters of cable.  The AIFV AEV generally carries a case of plastic explosive, an engineer's demo chest, power tools, basic tools, excavating tools, an air compressor, a jackhammer, and welding and cutting tools.  A 5 kW generator is provided on the rear deck to power these tools when the engine is off.  A dozer blade is in front to clear obstacles and dig fighting positions, and positions for explosives planting. On the right side is a boom with a large auger on the end. A hydraulic reservoir supplies energy to hydraulic tools. The crew has a vehicular NBC system and a heater. This vehicle is used by Belgium and the Netherlands.

     The driver is on the front left.  The commander has a hatch on the center of the hull top with all-around vision blocks and a manual cupola with a weapon mount.  The rest of the combat engineers sit in the same type of seats as on a standard AIFV, and the firing ports and rear door and ramp are retained. Power is a 267-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine, with a manual transmission. At the top of the glacis on either side of the vehicle are a cluster of four smoke grenade launcher. The Genie is amphibious only with preparation; the trim vane must be extended, a bilge pump turned on, and buoyancy pods attached to the hull sides.

     In the early 2000s, Genies were fitted with GPS and a BMS. These are the YPR-2000 modifications, and also include two storage boxes on the rear sides and AV3 gun shields around the commanderís position. Air conditioning was added along with an NBC Overpressure system. The commander can aim and fire his machinegun from under armor with the hatch closed.  The commander is equipped with night vision.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

YPR-765GN

$386,036

D, A

1 ton

13.69 tons

2+5

11

Active/Passive IR (D), WL/IR Spotlight (C)

Shielded

YPR-2000GN

$1,194,136

D, A

1 ton

13.93 tons

2+5

13

Passive IR (D), Image Intensification (C), WL/IR Spotlight (C)

Shielded

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor*

YPR-765GN

139/98

39/27/4

416

99

Stnd

T2

HF6Sp**  HS4Sp  HR4

YPR-2000GN

137/96

38/27/4

416

98

Stnd

T2

HF6Sp**  HS4Sp  HR4

 

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

YPR-765GN

None

None

M-2HB (C)

2000x.50, 30 kg C4, Engineer Demo Chest

YPR-2000GN

+1

Basic

M-2HB (C)

2000x.50, 30 kg C4, Engineer Demo Chest

*The floor armor of the YPR-765GN and YPR-2000GN is 4.

**The dozer blade can provide some protection to the front of the vehicle.  How much depends on how high the blade is raised.  The blade has an AV of 10Sp.

 

BAE YPR-806PRBRG Recovery Vehicle

     Notes: This recovery vehicle is based on the AIFV chassis (see Twilight: 2000 Version 2.2 rules).  The turret has been removed to make room for the crane.  This crane has a lifting capacity of 1.36 tons, and is mounted on the rear left side.  A winch is mounted in the rear of the vehicle that has 91.4 meters of cable and a capacity of 9.07 tons.  The winch's mechanism makes sure the cable is always wound tightly and evenly around its drum.  A spade is lowered on each side of the vehicle during heavy winching and crane operations.  The AIFV RV has extra flotation devices in certain spots to make sure it floats evenly during amphibious operations.  A large selection of spare parts are carried (mostly for light vehicles and smaller APCs), primarily for the vehicles of the country's that use it.  A large selection of tools for vehicle repair are available, including basic, tracked vehicle, wheeled vehicle, power tools, and excavating tools, a hydraulic jack, and an air compressor.  These are normally powered by a small 5 kW generator mounted on the rear right deck. The engine, transmission, and drive train, along with most of the automotive layout, are the same as the AIFV AEV.  The driver and commander are in the same place, with the third mechanic inside the vehicle near the commander.  The rear door and ramp remains, but the firing ports have been deleted.

     The YPR-2000PRBRG is an upgrade to the YPR-806PRBRG carried out in the early 2000s. This includes two storage boxes on the rear sides and AV3 gun shields around the commanderís position. Air conditioning was added along with an NBC Overpressure system. The commander can aim and fire his machinegun from under armor with the hatch closed.  The commander is equipped with night vision. The crane is upgraded to allow it to lift 2 tons, and the winch has been upgraded to be able to pull 12 tons. The vehicle has been fitted with a GPS and NATO-compatible BMS. A small computer was added that has a database of recovery and repair solutions.

Vehicles

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

YPR-806PRBRG

$163,034

D, A

1 ton

13.75 tons

3

13

Active/Passive IR (D), WL/IR Spotlight (C)

Shielded

YPR-2000PRBRG

$893,765

D, A

1 ton

13.99 tons

3

15

Passive IR (D), Image Intensification (C), WL/IR Spotlight

Shielded

 

Vehicles

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

YPR-806PRBRG

139/97

39/27/4

416

99

Stnd

T2

HF6Sp  HS4Sp  HR4

YPR-2000PRBRG

137/96

38/27/4

416

99

Stnd

T2

HF6Sp  HS4Sp  HR4

 

Vehicles

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

YPR-806PRBRG

None

None

M-2HB (C)

2000x.50

YPR-2000PRBRG

+1

Basic

M-2HB (C)

2000x.50

 

Bumar Labedy BLG-67

     Notes:  This joint venture between the former East Germany and Poland is their version of the Russian MTU-2.  The Bulgarians also use this vehicle, as well as India and Iraq.  The Germans no longer use it; they sold theirs off after the reunification. The Swedish bought 32 from Germany in 2010, but as of 2012 only 12 remained in service, as they used some vehicles to fix and upgrade the others, essentially returning them to a zero-miles condition. (With the replacement of their Brobv 941s by the "new" Brobv 971s, these 12 AVLBs are now the only AVLBs in the Swedish military.)  The Brobv 971s have been modernized, especially in the area of the bridge, which makes the MLC-60 class bridge into an MLC-70 class.  They use only the two-span bridge.

     The vehicle is based on the T-55 chassis, and on the whole looks very similar to the Czech MT-55A.  The main differences are the plastic-covered bridging surface, the 20-meter maximum span of the bridge, its 50-ton capacity, and the two anti-current anchors carried by the vehicle.  Each anchor is connected to the vehicle with 40 meters of cable, and they allow the BLG-67 to be used in a current of up to 0.5 meters per second.  The bridges can be laid in series of up to 3 spans.  The bridge takes 3 minutes to lay and 3-8 minutes to recover.  It weighs 6 tons. The bridge is aluminum with a trackway covered with a tough plastic, ribbed trackway that protects it against the elements and wear from vehicles, as it is easily replaced. (This surface is good for vehicles, but tends to make troops crossing it stumble.) For the crew, they are protected by an NBC Overpressure system and have a heater.

     The M2 version is designed to carry the standard bridge or a three-span bridge 30 meters long and 3.47 meters wide (wider than your average AVLB). The bridge is 8 tons.  The bridge-laying mechanism is very different from those of the standard BLG-67, so the parts are not interchangeable. The stats for the M2 version below is with the longer bridge.

     The driver is on the front left, while the commander/bridge operator is opposite the driver, sitting about a foot higher; the BLG-67 may also carry a dedicated bridge operator/spotter, but this is not required. The situation of the commander's cupola does not allow for the mounting of a weapon or a pintle mount on the BLG-67 or BLG-67 M2, but the Brobv 971 has a commanderís position equipped with a pintle-mounted machinegun. Most of this series has standard radios and suchlike, but the Brobv 971 has GPS and a NATO-compatible BMS. The Brobv 971 does not have a position for a dedicated bridge operator, and the commander fills this function.

     Power is provided by a 581-horsepower V-55 diesel engine with a manual transmission. The BLG-67 series cannot use auxiliary fuel tanks, as the bridge operation prevents this.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

BLG-67

$770,085

D, A

500 kg

37 tons

2+1

31

Headlights

Shielded

BLG-67 M2

$850,976

D, A

500 kg

39 tons

2+1

31

Headlights

Shielded

Brobv 971

$1,615,722

D, A

500 kg

38 tons

2

37

Image Intensification (D)

Shielded

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config*

Susp

Armor

BLG-67

116/81

32/22

680

209

CiH

T6

TF4  TS4  TR4  HF60  HS12  HR6

BLG-67 M2

111/78

31/22

680

209

CiH

T6

TF4  TS4  TR4  HF60  HS12  HR6

Brobv 971

128/89

35/25

680

214

CiH

T6

TF4  TS4  TR4  HF60  HS12  HR6

 

Vehicles

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

Brobv 971

Nil

None

Ksp m/58

1000x7.62mm

 

Rheimetall/RUAG Pionierpanzer 3 Kodiak

     Notes: Also known as the AEV-3 and Geniepanzer, the Kodiak is a joint venture with Rheinmetall of Germany and RUAG of Switzerland, along with several subcontractors, some in other countries. (Switzerland calls it the Geniepanzer, the Dutch call it the AEV-3 Kodiak, and the Swedish call is the AEV-3S Kodiak.) Development of the Kodiak began in 2002 to replace existing older combat engineer vehicles.  Fist issue was in Switzerland in 2009; the German Army first fielded them a year later.  Other users, from 2012, include Netherlands, and Sweden.  The Kodiak is based on older Leopard 2 chassis that have been replaced by later versions of the Leopard 2, coming mostly from stocks kept by the German Army.  (The hulls are actually stripped and refurbished first in Sweden.) The main tasks of the Kodiak include building and removing obstacles, clearing pathways though minefields, and digging major fighting positions. It has a tertiary mission of aiding in relief missions in disaster areas.

     The Kodiak is based on the Leopard 2 chassis, but is heavily-modified, including a large superstructure on the front end of the vehicle.  It is equipped with a large arm, hinged at the middle, and mounted on the center front; this arm has a reach of 9 meters, and may pivot through 250 degrees. The arm may lift to a height of 2.2 meters. This arm can mount an excavation bucket, claw-type grippers, a concrete cutter, and an auger.  The bucket can be used to dig 1 cubic meter/5 tons per swipe. The claw can lift 2 tons or pull (such as on a tree) with a force of 4 tons. The concrete cutter is sort of a large circular saw and cut through 500 centimeters of concrete per minute. The auger can dig through earth to create a hole 1.5 meters wide and 2 meters deep per minute.  These are carried on a flat space on the rear deck and snap into or off of the arm without the need for crew intervention, and can be done without the crew leaving armor protection, observing through a day/night CCTV.  The Kodiak has a large Pearson Engineer Mine Plow at the front of the vehicle, which can also be reconfigured into a concrete/asphalt ripper to ruin road surfaces.  This use does require the crew to leave the vehicle and attach ripper teeth.  Itís primary use is for creating safe lanes through minefields, but it can also be used to dig major fighting positions, as those for vehicles, for example. Though normally angled in the center, it can be reconfigured by the driver from within the vehicle to create a full-width blade for the digging of fighting positions and removing obstacles.  When reconfigured, the plow has a width of 3.42 meters, or 4.02 meters with removable side extensions; when configured as a mine plow, the width is 4.2 meters. The plow can also be used to brace the vehicle during excavation operations. The blade can excavate down to 30 centimeters at a pass, and 350 cubic meters per hour; when excavating, it may be varied from an angle from 24 degrees and 79 degrees, or brought to the vertical with a front or rear slope of 5 degrees. The Kodiak is equipped with two Rotzler capstan winches, each with a capacity of 9 tons, though with successive use of block and pulley, this may be increased by them working together to 62 tons, or a single winch 30 tons.  The winches each have 200 meters of cable, and the winch cable may be lead out to the front, rear, or sides.  These are primarily used for obstacle removal/creation, but have a secondary use for vehicle recovery.  The Kodiak carries 50 flags on each side of the rear to mark safe lanes for the vehicles and troops behind it, and these can be set to deploy at a given interval as it moves. For further mine defense, the Kodiak has a French Demeter electromagnetic mine fuze jammer that requires a roll against an ELC skill of 15 (the vehicleís skill).  Success means that the mine does not operate for five minutes.  Outstanding Success means that the mine is permanently disabled. Catastrophic Failure means that the mine detonates under the Kodiak. This jammer operates along the front end of the vehicle.

     The Kodiak is equipped with an NBC overpressure system, an air conditioner, and a heater, along with an automatic fire detection and suppression system.  The Kodiak is protected by an OWS (the RCWS Protector or Qimek) at the commanderís position; this may be armed with a 40mm Mk 19 or HK GMG, an M-2HB heavy machinegun, or an MG-3 or Ksp m/58 light machinegun.  The RWS has a full night vision suite as well as computer-assisted and laser aiming and stabilization, and can be aimed, fired, and reloaded from under armor. The commanderís position is in the center of the superstructure, the driver is to the front and right of him at the top edge of the glacis, and the equipment operator is opposite him, with a rotating cupola, all-around vision, and input from six day/night CCTV cameras around the vehicle.  The driver has a night vision channel on his forward vision block, and a backup camera.  The Kodiak has a small computer with engineer solutions, along with GPS and a NATO-compatible BMS.

     The Kodiak is powered by an MTU MB-837 Ka501 turbocharged diesel, the same engine as on the Leopard 2.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$1,916,524

D, A

2 tons

55 tons

3

29

Image Intensification (D, C), Thermal Imaging (C), 7xDay/Night CCTV Cameras (C, 6xEO)

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor*

184/129

51/36

1600

558

Stnd

T6

HF160Cp  HS25Sp  HR15**

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

+3

Fair

Mk 19 or HK GMG or M-2HB or MG-3 or Ksp m/58

650x40mm or 2000x.50 or 3400x7.62mm, Engineer Demo Chest, 30 kg C4

*The plow of the Kodiak can help protect the vehicle from frontal hits; how and where on the front depends on where the shot hits and how high the plow is raised.  The plow has an AV of 18Sp.

**Roof armor for the Kodiak is AV 11.  Floor AV for the Kodiak is 12Sp.  The Dutch version has additional roof protection against antiarmor bomblets and has a Roof AV of 13Sp.