Leopard 2 tanks are becoming too heavy: a new Bergepanzer 3A2 recovery vehicle is being created in Germany

Leopard 2 tanks are becoming too heavy: a new Bergepanzer 3A2 recovery vehicle is being created in Germany

After the transfer of two Bergepanzer 3 Büffel recovery vehicles to Ukraine, 73 ARVs of this type remained at the disposal of the Bundeswehr. They are used in battalions equipped tanks Leopard 2, and in divisions armed with Panzerhaubitzen 2000 self-propelled howitzers, and are also used in logistics units when working with cargo and carrying out repairs.

At the same time, as indicated in the German publication ESUT, new modifications of Leopard 2 are becoming too heavy. The 30-ton crane equipped with the BPz 3 is no longer suitable for lifting the Leopard 2A7 and, in the future, A8 towers. In this regard, work has begun to eliminate this shortcoming, namely, the creation of a new ARV with a reinforced crane, which will be called Bergepanzer 3A2 Büffel, is underway.

According to sources, the development of BPz 3 to the level of BPz 3A2 should be completed soon, since procurement is planned to begin at the end of this year. It is expected that the first batch will include 20 new ARVs.

BPz 3

As noted, there is also a need to replace the remaining fleet of approximately 100 Bergepanzer 2. These ARVs have been in service for almost 60 years and are one of the last representatives of the Leopard 1 family [created on the basis of the chassis of these tanks] remaining in service with the Bundeswehr along with bridge laying vehicles Biber and engineering vehicles Pioneerpanzer 2 Dachs.

All equipment developed from the Leopard 1 is expected to reach the end of its service life by 2030.
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  1. +5
    26 February 2024 19: 10
    Will the lepa tower weigh more than 30 tons? How much is the body then?
    1. +3
      26 February 2024 19: 21
      Quote: tralflot1832
      Will the lepa tower weigh more than 30 tons? How much is the body then?

      will look for a hole in the fence, stick out a tower
  2. +4
    26 February 2024 19: 13
    You need to attach a Bergepanzer 2A3 ARV to each Leopard 2 tank and let them circle around each other... What a beautiful and “uncontrollable” dance they will get... Well, the Germans... Well, the aesthetes... laughing
    1. +2
      26 February 2024 20: 01
      Quote: Lev_Russia
      Well, the Germans... Well, the aesthetes...

      The Germans have always gravitated towards “powerful, strong, mighty” weapons. Or do they want to “revive the spirit of the nation” in this way?
  3. +1
    26 February 2024 19: 38
    The further you go, the harder it gets...
    Okay, the cranes will do that, but what about the rest of the transport infrastructure???
    Many things are no longer able to withstand such colossus.
  4. fiv
    26 February 2024 19: 39
    In the end they will build a fucking zeppelin to carry tanks. The gloomy Teutonic military genius will lead to the only correct decision.
  5. +2
    26 February 2024 19: 54
    Although today's Bergpanzer 3A0A1 and 3A0A2 not only have new evacuation equipment and increased crane capacity, the Germans are threatening to make it before the end of the year.
    Below, the main data of the Bergpanzer 3A0A1 Büffel in service today:

    Engine power 1500 hp
    Weight 55,3 tons
    Crane lifting capacity 30 tons

    And this is something about the new car:
    Recovery vehicle 3A0A1 Büffel: basic version of the recovery vehicle 3 Büffel, equipped with the SPECTUS multispectral driver assistance system.
    Spectral technology for unrestricted viewing.

    Recovery tank 3A0A2 Büffel: similar to the A0A1, but with a combat recovery unit in the rear for the recovery of vehicles weighing up to 70 tons under armor protection.
    Recovery tank 3A0A3 Büffel: Combat field recovery equipment in the stern for the evacuation of vehicles weighing up to 70 tons under armor protection and management information system
    (FüInfoSys H).

    Bergpanzer 3A1 Büffel: improved combat version with additional armor, improved mine protection, new design of the fighting compartment, multi-spectral driver assistance system SPECTUS. Spectral technology for unrestricted visibility, new rear design through a modernized engine compartment lid, management information system
    (Fü (W)ES LBO) and new battlefield evacuation equipment in the rear.