Otobreda OF-40 ARV

     Notes:  Like most vehicles of its type, the OF-40 ARV uses the chassis of the base OF-40 Mk 2 tank, with the turret removed and a raised superstructure, crane, winch, and tools in its place.  A dozer blade is at the front.  The crane has a capacity of 18 tons at a reach of 9 meters, and can be manually operated if necessary.  The main winch has a pulling capacity of 36 tons, or 72 tons with block and tackle, and has 80 meters of cable.  The vehicle carries all the necessary tools for repair and recovery of vehicles up to main battle tanks, including basic, tracked vehicle, wheeled vehicle, small arms, and heavy ordinance tools, a welding and cutting set, an air compressor, a tow bar, a selection of spare parts, and ropes and cables.

     The engine is the same as on the OF-40 Mk 2 tank: an MTU MB 838 ca M 500 830-horsepower multifuel engine.

     The OF-40 ARV was designed specifically for export.  The UAE bought 18 to support their force of 40 OF-40 Mk 2 tanks; the Libyans, despite the fact they bought a good number of OF-40 tanks, decided to buy ex-Soviet ARVs instead of matching OF-40 ARVs.  No other sales have been made; I have been unable to determine whether the OF-40 series are still on the market.  The UAE, the only known operators of the OF-40 ARV, have equipped theirs with GPS.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: As with the OF-40 main battle tank, this Italian recovery vehicle had pre-war sales only to the United Arab Emirates, even though it was specifically designed for export.  As with the OF-40, the Italian government requested all some stocks on Italian soil and manufacturing capability to be directed to Italian use, and these vehicles were taken into Italian Army service to replace vehicle losses, and sales during the Twilight War were made to Thailand and Greece.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$692,961

D, G, A

6 tons

45 tons

4

33

Image Intensification (D, C)

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

146/102

41/28

1000

308

Stnd

T6

HF72  HS18  HR14

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

MAG (C)

2800x7.62mm