Specific: 14 Recovery Vehicles
from the Dutch Army (implemented 1995 - 1997) to replace
the Centurion ARV in the Danish Army were bought in 1994, and
were modified during 1998 - 2000.
The ARVīs are operated by the headquarters companies.
Historical: With the Leopard-1 Main Battle Tank
still under development, work commenced in 1962 on a new
Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV) based on the Leopard-1
chassis and with fully compatible characteristics
(cruising speed, mobility, submergibility, NBC-protection
and durability). Design work was carried out by Porsche
AG and the first two prototype vehicles left the
Jung-Jungenthal factory in 1964.
Mass production (under the designation "Bergepanzer
Standard" / "Bergepanzer-2") started at
the Atlas-MaK Machinenbau GmbH works in Kiel during 1966.
The first of a total of 444 vehicles were delivered to
the German Bundeswehr in September 1966.
Some 100 product-improved recovery vehicles were
delivered by Mak to the German Bundeswehr in 1978.
A total of 700 BPz-2s have been built over the years and
entered service with the Australian, Belgian, Canadian,
Danish, Dutch, German, Italian, Norwegian, Turkish and
Length: 7.57 m (295 inches).
Width: 3.25 m (126 inches).
Height: 2.70 m (105 inches).
Weight: 39.800 kg (87.560 lb.).
Armour: 15 - 40 mm (6 - 15 inches).
Engine: MTU type MB 838 Ca M-500, 10-cylinder, 37.400
cm3 (2.281 cubic inches).
Horsepower: 830 at 2.200 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed ZF Hydromedia 4 HP 250
Transfer case: N/A.
Electrical system: 24 volt.
without preparation: 1.20 m (47 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Multi-fuel.
Fuel capacity: 1410 liter (310 gallons).
Range: 475 km (297 miles).
Armament: 2 7.62 (cal .30) machine guns,
3 smoke dischargers on each side of the turret.
Additional: Winch capacity is 70 tons in
double-wire pull. Crane capacity is 20 tons. A spare
power pack can be carried at a platform at the rear of
Engine change can be performed in the field in 30
minutes. The ARV
is capable of limited support of the Leopard
Here the Leopard ARV is shown lifting a Leopard 1A5
turret at the Danish Logistic Company (LOGCOY) in the
former Yugoslavia in 1998.
Leopard 1 QRF ARV (100 kb)
Leopard 1 Wisent ARV (98 kb)
Leopard 1 Wisent Mineplough (96 kb)