The German Beaver Armoured Vehicle Launch Bridge (Beaver – Biber) is an armoured, fully tracked vehicle built on the chassis of a Leopard 1 Tank. It is a highly mobile, rapidly deployable assault bridge that can be used to span natural and man-made obstacles on the battlefield. The vehicle’s 22 meter-long bridge can support vehicles as heavy as 60 tonnes over streams and anti-tank ditches. The Beaver is powered by a V-10, twin super charged, 830 HP, multi-fuelled engine. It is equipped with an NBCD system that provides protection against nuclear, biological, and chemical agents. It is also equipped with eight smoke / HE grenade dischargers.
The German Beaver Armoured Vehicle Launch Bridge Specifications:
Length: 11.82 m (with bridge)
Width: 4.0 m (with bridge)
Height: 3.57 m (with bridge)
Weight: 45, 450 kg (with bridge)
Bridge Length: 22m
Bridge Width: 4m
Width of Bridge Lane: 1.55 m
Class of Bridge: 60 tonne
Engine: Multi-fuel engine, 10 cylinders, 830 hp
Max Speed: 62 km/h
No longer in German Army service, a number do remain in service around the world including Canada, which operate 9.