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.

     For deployment to Afghanistan, the Dutch added applique armor to the sides and front of their YPR-2000-series vehicles, including most of their engineer vehicles (Donít get excited; they are thin aluminum plates bolted onto the faces).  In addition, the drive sprockets were replaced with steel drive sprockets.  Lugs for ERA on the glacis and sides were also added. These were later removed when the Dutch came home, but have been retained for further use if necessary.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

YPR-765GN

$299,947

D, A

1.14 tons

13.69 tons

2+5

13

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

Shielded

YPR-2000GN

$547,543

D, A

1.11 tons

13.93 tons

2+5

16

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

Shielded

YPR-2000GN

$551,081

D, A

1 ton

14.06 tons

2+5

17

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

99

Stnd

T2

TF3  TS3  TF3  HF6Sp**  HS4Sp  HR4

YPR-2000GN

136/96

38/27/4

416

99

CiH

T2

TF3  TS3  TF3  HF8Sp**  HS6Sp  HR4

 

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

YPR-765GN

None

None

M-2HB (C)

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

YPR-2000GN

+1

Basic

M-2HB (C)

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

YPR-2000GN

+1

Basic

M-2HB (C)

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

*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 AESV.  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.

     For deployment to Afghanistan, the Dutch added applique armor to the sides and front of their YPR-2000-series vehicles, including most of their engineer vehicles (Donít get excited; they are thin aluminum plates bolted onto the faces).  In addition, the drive sprockets were replaced with steel drive sprockets.  Lugs for ERA on the glacis and sides were also added. These were later removed when the Dutch came home, but have been retained for further use if necessary.

Vehicles

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

YPR-806PRBRG

$248,806

D, A

1.14 tons

13.75 tons

3

13

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

Shielded

YPR-2000PRBRG

$605,783

D, A

1.11 tons

13.99 tons

3

15

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

Shielded

YPR-2000PRBRG (OEF)

$615,561

D, A

1 ton

14.23 tons

3

16

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

CiH

T2

TF3  TS3  TF3  HF6Sp  HS4Sp  HR4

YPR-2000PRBRG (OEF)

135/95

38/26/4

416

99

CiH

T2

TF3  TS3  TF3  HF8Sp  HS6Sp  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

YPR-2000PRBRG (OEF)

+1

Basic

M-2HB (C)

2000x.50

*The floor armor of the YPR-806PRBRG and YPR-2000PRBRG is 4.

 

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.

     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 M2ís bridge is MLC 60.

     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. (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.

     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 equipment prevents this.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

BLG-67

$201,183

D, A

664 kg

37 tons

2+1

31

Headlights

Shielded

BLG-67 M2

$206,698

D, A

591 kg

39 tons

2+1

33

Headlights

Shielded

Brobv 971

$1,177,089

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

118/83

33/23

680

108

CiH

T6

TF4  TS4  TR4  HF60  HS12  HR6

BLG-67 M2

113/79

32/22

680

108

CiH

T6

TF4  TS4  TR4  HF60  HS12  HR6

Brobv 971

116/81

32/22

680

208

CiH

T6

TF4  TS4  TR4  HF60  HS12  HR6

 

Vehicles

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

Brobv 971

Nil

None

Ksp m/58

1000x7.62mm