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In a video clip, FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG) demonstrated the development status of the Wisent 2 armored multipurpose platform. The clip gives an insight into some of the many different qualification tests that the Wisent 2 has undergone during its development into a modern, versatile and powerful armored support platform based on the chassis of the Leopard 2 main battle tank.

A hallmark of the Wisent 2 is its modular and highly digitized vehicle architecture, which allows various roles to be implemented on a common, highly protected platform. FFG currently offers four versions of the platform:

 

Armoured Engineer Vehicle, AEV

To support engineering missions. Features are an excavator arm with 1.3 m³ shovel for an excavator volume of 300 m³ per hour and a lifting capacity of 4.5 tons, an electric welding system, interface for hydraulic tools, 40 tons main winch and a high-performance dozer blade.

 

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Armoured Recovery Vehicle, ARV

For recovering and towing heavy vehicles up to the Leopard 2 class and for moving large loads (e.g. engine) in field maintenance. Features include a 40-ton main winch, 32-ton crane, dozer blade and a battlefield recovery device for recovery under protection.

 

Mine Breacher, MB

For tactical mine clearance to create mine lanes. Features include a mine plough for mine lanes the width of an armoured track, system for marking the created mine lanes and 32-ton crane.

 

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Bridgelayer, BL

For laying tactical battlefield bridges (12 m) under protection with automatic laying. With a movable armor set, the engineer tank can receive this additional capability. The bridge layer should be presented at the unusual Eurosatory.

All vehicles are equipped with a 1,100 kW engine for a top speed of 68 km/h.

 

Possible successor of the Pionierpanzer Dachs

The Wisent 2 in the role of Armoured Engineer Vehicle is FFG's candidate in the Bundeswehr's successor programme for the Engineer Tank "Dachs", which was put out to tender on 25 November 2019 by the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Exploitation of the Bundeswehr. Rheinmetall is also bidding with the Kodiak, a Leopard 2-based armoured engineer vehicle. After the project has been discussed in the Bundestag committees (planned for December 2020), series production of 44 armoured engineer vehicles is scheduled to begin in 2025.

Gerhard Heiming

 

Technical specifications

Multi-purpose platform WiSENT 2
Max. total weight 69.5 tons
Drive 1,100 kW
Maximum speed 68 km / h
Creep speed 3 km / h
Protection configurable, against ballistic threats and mine/IED, qualified according to STANAG 4569
Armoured Recovery Vehicle
Crane 32 tons
Main winch 40 tons, 172 m rope
Auxiliary winch 2.3 tons, 305 m rope
Dozer blade Clearing capacity of 400 m³ / h
Equipment Battlefield recovery equipment with a camera system (for recovery under protection)
Armoured Engineer Vehicle
Excavator arm with backhoe and hydraulic interface for tools Range: 9 m,
Shovel volume 1.3 m³
Excavator capacity 300 m³ / h
Lifting capacity 4 tons (at full extension)
Equipment Special dozer blade, concrete breaker, auger
Mine Breacher
Equipment Equipment Mine clearance plough over the entire width of the vehicle, marking system for mine lanes, magnetic field generator (for releasing mines)