The Indian Armoured Amphibious Dozer has been developed to meet the requirements of Army engineers and is a BMP-2 ICV with its turret removed and extensive modifications carried out to its hull to enable it to undertake its new mission. As per the 2002-03 report published by the Ministry of Defence, the first limited series production (LSP) order of six vehicles was placed by the Indian Army.
The vehicle has a crew of two, consisting of the driver and operator who are seated back-to-back and are provided with a dual control system. Trials of the vehicle were completed during 1998-99 and it is now under final evaluation for acceptance. Standard equipment includes a hydraulically operated earth bucket, a winch, front mounted track with mine ploughs and a rocket propelled earth anchor.
The rocket propelled earth anchor is used for self recovery and has a maximum range of between 50 metres to 100 metres depending on a number of factors. It is provided with an NBC system and in the future an autonomous version with a NBC system could be developed for use in hazardous areas. The equipment has immense potential in project sites and areas affected by natural disasters like floods, earth quakes, etc. It’s winching, towing, amphibious, high mobility cross country performance, capability of loading and unloading of cargo and rugged design make it an extremely versatile equipment.
The Indian Armoured Amphibious Dozer Spec’s
Crew: 1 or 2
Ground Pressure: 0.71 kgf / cm2
Bridge Classification: MLC 16
Maximum Speed: 56 km/h on road and 7 km/h on water
Maximum Range: 400 km (~250 miles)
Side Slope: ?
Vertical Obstacle: 0.7m
Trench Crossing: 2.5m
Bucket Capacity: 1.5 cubic m
Winch Capacity: 8ton
Jib Capacity: 3 t/m