Combat engineering vehicle

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The EBG combat engineering vehicle, based on the AMX 30 tank, is used by the engineers of the French Army for a variety of missions.

Combat engineering vehicles (CEVs) are armoured vehicles built for engineering work on the battlefield or for the transportation of sappers.

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Types of combat engineering vehicles

Modified tanks

Most CEVs are armoured fighting vehicles that may be based on a tank chassis and have special attachments in order to breach obstacles. Such attachments may include dozer blades, mine rollers, cranes etc. An example of an engineering vehicle of this kind is a bridgelaying tank, which replaces the turret with a segmented hydraulic bridge. Another good example is the American M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle, which is equipped with a dozer blade and a 165mm demolition gun.

Sappers' carriers

Another type of CEVs are armoured fighting vehicles which are used to transport sappers (Combat engineer troops) and can be fitted with a bulldozer's blade and other mine-breaching devices. They are often used as APCs because of their carrying ability and their heavy protection. They usually armed with machine guns and grenade launchers. For example: IDF Puma, Nagmachon, Husky AVGP, US Stryker Combat Engineering model.

Military engineering vehicles

USMC armored  bulldozer. The civilian tractoe is fitted with an armor kit, produced by  defence industries.
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USMC armored Caterpillar D9 bulldozer. The civilian tractoe is fitted with an armor kit, produced by Israel defence industries.

CEVs may also including civilian heavy equipment which was modified for military applications. In that case - the heavy vehicle must have some sort of protection, usually armour plates and steel jackets. For example: the IDF Caterpillar D9 armoured bulldozer, American D7 TPK, cranes, graders, excavators, DEUCE.

Designated armored engineering vehicle

These are vehicles they specially designed as CEVs for the military. They have special engineering uses as well as armour protection. A good example for this kind of CEV is the American M9 ACE.

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