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.
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.
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.
|Multi-purpose platform WiSENT 2|
|Max. total weight||69.5 tons|
|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|
|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|
|Equipment||Equipment Mine clearance plough over the entire width of the vehicle, marking system for mine lanes, magnetic field generator (for releasing mines)|
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