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Beaver Armoured Vehicle Launch Bridge
The German Beaver Armoured Vehicle Launch Bridge (Beaver – Biber) is an armoured, fully tracked vehicle built on the chassis of a Leopard 1 Tank. It is a highly mobile, rapidly deployable assault bridge that can be used to span natural and man-made obstacles on the battlefield. The vehicle’s 22 meter-long bridge can support vehicles as heavy as 60 tonnes over streams and anti-tank ditches. The Beaver is powered by a V-10, twin super charged, 830 HP, multi-fuelled engine. It is equipped with an NBCD system that provides protection against nuclear, biological, and chemical agents. It is also equipped with eight smoke / HE grenade dischargers.
The Armor 2 belongs to the group of combat support vehicles and is the successor of the Bergepanzer 2. It is an armored work tool and is based on the Leopard 1 chassis. Its mission is to ensure the mobility of the armored troops , the recovery of vehicles in the battlefield, assistance with the installation and removal of engines and towers, as well as assistance in the repair work. The vehicle when used military logistics of the army and the armored infantry companies of the Bundeswehr as well as the armies of other states that have the Leopard 1.
The Leopard (or Leopard 1) is a main battle tank designed and produced in West Germany that first entered service in 1965. Developed in an era when HEAT warheads were thought to make conventional heavy armour of limited value, the Leopard focused on firepower in the form of the German-built version of the British L7 105-mm gun, and improved cross-country performance that was unmatched by other designs of the era.
The design started as a collaborative project during the 1950s between West Germany and France and later joined by Italy, but the partnership ended shortly after and the final design was ordered by the Bundeswehr, with full-scale production starting in 1965. In total, 6,485 Leopard tanks have been built, of which 4,744 were battle tanks and 1,741 were utility and anti-aircraft variants, not including 80 prototypes and pre-series vehicles.
The Leopard quickly became a standard of European forces, and eventually served as the main battle tank in over a dozen countries worldwide. Since 1990, the Leopard 1 has gradually been relegated to secondary roles in most armies. In the German Army, the Leopard 1 MBTs were phased out in 2003, while Leopard 1 derived vehicles are still widely used. The Leopard 2 MBTs have taken over the MBT role. Leopard hulls have been re-used in a wide variety of roles.
The Marder (German for “marten”) is a German infantry fighting vehicle operated by the German Army as the main weapon of the Panzergrenadiere (mechanized infantry) from the 1970s through to the present day. Developed as part of the rebuilding of Germany’s armoured fighting vehicle industry, the Marder has proven to be a successful and solid infantry fighting vehicle design. While it does include a few unique features, such as the fully remote machine gun on the rear deck, it is overall a simple and conventional machine with rear exit hatch and side gun ports for mounted infantry to fire through. The Marder is currently being replaced by its successor, the Puma.
Around 2,100 were taken into service by the German Army in the early 1970s, but the vehicle in its German variant was not sold to any foreign militaries. As the German Army began to retire older vehicles, the Chilean government agreed to acquire 200 Marders; the government of Greece has considered the purchase of 450 retired vehicles in the past. Argentina uses a simplified and locally produced variant, the VCTP, and has a number of vehicles based on that platform constructed by Henschel and built by TAMSE.
Panzerhaubitze 2000 -155 mm Self-Propelled Howitzer
PiPz Dachs AEV – Armored Engineer Vehicle
Manufactured by MaK System Gesellschaft mbH (now Rheinmetall Land Systems), the Pionierpanzer 2A1 Dachs (Ger: “Badger”) is a medium, fully tracked, armored vehicle, that performs earth-moving, engineering (welding and cutting), obstacle breaching, and obstacle construction operations on the battlefield. A 1987 upgrade of the Pionierpanzer 1 (Leopard 1 AEV), the Dachs features 9.20 m extensible excavator arm equipped with a 1.1 cubic meter bucket (currently nonfunctional) and, with the fitted lifting eyes, it may perform crane duties up to 2 tons. Alternately, in Steel Beasts, the Dachs may be outfitted with an auger equipped boom identical to that of the Pionierpanzer 1 (also nonfunctional). With preparation the Dachs may ford water obstacles up to 4 meters deep and while so equipped may conduct excavation operations to a depth of 2.25 meters. This vehicle may be equipped with the Lemur remote weapon station.
Beginning with Steel Beasts version 4.000, engineering vehicles such as the Dachs AEV may carry barrier materials (concertina wire rolls) for the construction of wire obstacles during runtime. Refer to the Obstacles And Fortifications page for information regarding the placement and construction of such obstacles.
Currently the Dachs AEV is in service with the German, Belgian, Chilean, and Canadian (as the Badger) armed forces.
Puma – Infantry Fighting Vehicle
The Puma is a German infantry fighting vehicle (Schützenpanzer or short SPz) designed to replace the aging Marder IFVs currently in service with the Bundeswehr. Replacement began in 2010 and is scheduled for completion by 2020. Mass production began on 6 July 2009. The company responsible for the project is PSM Projekt System Management, a joint venture of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme. The Puma is one of the best-protected IFVs, while still having a high power-to-weight ratio. SAIC offered a derivative of the Puma as its contender in the American GCV Infantry Fighting Vehicle program.