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Published on Oct 28, 2008
The Chieftain AVLB is basically a Chieftain MBT chassis without a turret and fitted with a hydraulic system for laying and recovering a bridge. The vehicle can carry and lay either a No 8 or a No 9 Tank Bridge. The No 8 Tank Bridge is carried folded and launched over the front of the vehicle. It has an overall length of 24.384 m and can span a gap of up to 22.86 m (hard banks) or 22.25 m (soft banks). The No 9 Tank Bridge is carried horizontally and is swung vertically through 180° and laid in position over the front of the vehicle. The No 9 Tank Bridge is 13.411 m long and can span a gap up to 12.192 m (firm banks). The Chieftain AVLB (with No 8 Tank Bridge) weighs 53,300 kg and has a crew of three.