​Ukraine’s Vehicle Based on German Leopard 1 Tank Appeared on Video for the First Time

German Biber bridge-layer tank
German Biber bridge-layer tank

In total, the Armed Forces of Ukraine currently operate three such vehicles, 13 more are expected to be delivered

For the first time, the video shows how the Armed Forces of Ukraine use German Biber armored bridgelayer. A video of this vehicle being loaded onto a tractor was published in the Ukraine Weapons Tracker.

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The Biber armored bridgelayer was developed in the 60s by the MaK company based on the Leopard 1 tank, and 105 such vehicles were delivered to the German army between 1973 and 1975.

The bridge-laying tank with the eponymous rapid tank bridge Biber is intended to overcome cuts in terrain such as bodies of water and gorges up to 20 meters wide in combat, depending on the nature of the terrain.

The rapid armored bridge is 22 meters long, 4 meters wide and can be laid out under armor protection within 2 to 3 minutes. Their weight is about 9.94 tons. The design is approved for the military load class (MLC) 60 or up to about 55 tons. The crew consists of two soldiers, the driver and the commander. The bridge-layer is unarmed, but has a smoke device.

We will remind you that on July 29 of this year, the Bundeswehr announced that it would send 16 such armored bridgelayers to Ukraine to support the ground forces, while according to the information published on the website of the Government of Germany, three such vehicles have been delivered to the Armed Forces, and another 13 are expected.

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