A Combat Engineer Vehicle is specialist vehicle used to clear or create tank obstacles. They are normally built on the chassis/hull of that nations Main Battle Tank so that they can keep up with the to complete these duties. They also remain or are deployed after a conflict for engineers to carry our repairs to military installations.
Poland during its years as a member of WARSAW, licensed manufactured the Russian T-72 Main Battle Tank. It then went on to up grade these vehicles and also export them under the designation PT-91. This set a requirement for an Combat Engineer Vehicle for both these vehicles to be manufactured by Poland.
MID stands for Maszyna Inżynieryjno-Drogowa, which is Polish for Engineering-Roading Machine. Bizon is Polish for Bison. The Polish MID Bizon CEV is based on the PT-91 tank hull.
Development started in 1988. The first produced vehicle was completed in 2000, with full production for the Polish Army completed in 2005.
The Polish MID Bizon CEV Operators:
MID – A PT-91 based variant for Polish Army – 8 vehicles
MID-M – A PT-91M based variant for Malaysian Army – 3 vehicles
The Polish MID Bizon CEV Features:
manipulator arm (the maximum amount of arm 7.75m, 7.94m maximum length, minimum length 5.94m, the working angle Horizontal: 240 degrees, vertically, from – 55 to + 60 degrees, the pan 240 degrees / 7 seconds .) It is possible to control the boom of the portable desktop. Equipment is removable boom: bucket capacity koparkowa 0.96 cubic meters. and a width of 0.92 m, the gripper jaw with maximum openings of 1 m and a capacity of 3 tons and a ripper tooth with a length of 0.45 meters.
•wire rope sling with a lifting capacity 7 t,
•spycharkowe equipment: blade width 4.2 m, height 0.9 m,
•Main winch with a length of 200 m rope pull 900 kN
•Auxiliary winch with a length of 400 m and pulling ropes 20 kN
•Service: 5 people;
•Combat weight: 46 000 – 48 000 kg;
•Length: 8300 mm;
•width: 3600 mm;
•Width with Blade: 4200 mm;
•Height: 2700 mm;
•Ground clearance: 430 mm;
•Engine power: 574 kW (780 hp);
•power output: 13.3 kW / t;
•unit pressure: 0.09 MPa;
•Maximum speed: 60 km / h;
•Driving range: 650 km;
•ability to handle the site:
– Gradient: 30 degrees;
– Gradient of inclination: 23 degrees;
– Trench width: 2.8 m;
– Vertical wall height: 0.7 m;
– Fording depth: 1.2 m;
– Deep water obstacles (in preparation) with a depth of 5 m length of 1000 m