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The pioneers support the combat troops far ahead by maintaining or improving their tactical agility, contributing to their protection and inhibiting and channeling the movements of a military enemy.

In order to encourage the movement of their own troops, the pioneers clear weapons and remove obstacles and rubble. Paths and roads will be reinforced and restored to form marshland if necessary. Opposing forces are constrained in their movements by temporarily or permanently impassable sections of terrain, roads and bridges or are directed (channeled) into certain sections in order to prevent the achievement of the opposing goals. To protect the troops, especially against direct fire, the pioneers set up positions for combat vehicles, which can be used to conduct the fire fight if necessary.

In order to be equipped for these tasks, the pioneers must have the same mobility and the same protection as the combat force. Therefore, the tank pioneers use pioneer tanks as armored work machines. Pioneer tanks are not only built on the chassis of battle tanks in Germany.

The 2A1 Dachs engineer tank is replaced

The engineer force of the German Army is currently using the PiPz 2A1 Dachs engineer tank from Rheinmetall Landsysteme, a variant of the Leopard 1 main battle tank that was introduced in the late 1980s.

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