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Chieftain Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers
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No: 10897   Contributor: British Army   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrong   Country: England
Chieftain Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers

A Chieftain Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE) is pictured carrying a fascine at the Firepower Demonstration, the Land Warfare Centre Warminster, Salisbury Plain.

The AVRE is designed to clear obstacles and paths through battlefields. It can be fitted with a bulldozer earth-moving attachment; a full-width mine-plough or it can carry fascines to drop into ditches. The AVRE is based on the Challenger chassis.
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Picture added on 17 August 2013 at 07:43
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Just a minor correction to your description these AVRE's were converted from Chieftain Gun tanks at 23 Base Workshop REME, Wetter, Germany. They were NOT based on a Challenger chassis, the engineer tanks using the Challenger hull and running gear are known a Trojan or Titan.
As an aside the vehicle is towing a Giant Viper trailer which was originally designed for use with the Centurion AVRE.

Added by Stephen Prosser on 17 August 2013.
I think you mean Willich Stephen, rather than Wetter?

Added by Paul Davies on 26 May 2014.
Paul,
The RE unit at Willech came up with the original concept, and converted 12 vehicles using locally sourced components.
The idea was then formalised by the MOD with the subsequent conversion kit being designed and produced by Vickers, Newcastle in 1991. Due to the amount of work involved the "productionised" version work was carried out at 23 Base Workshop, Wetter.
This image is of a Vickers version which was fitted with a different superstructure, a 10-ton capacity winch at the rear of the vehicle and an Atlas hydraulic crane.
It may be of interest to you that at least one of these AVRE's is now in private hands in the UK.
I hope this information clarifies the content of my original comment.
Best wishes,
Steve

Added by Stephen Prosser on 28 May 2014.
Paul,

See images 10814 & 10815 for views of a Chieftain AVRE I photographed at Belvoir Steam Rally, England in May 2010.

Added by Stephen Prosser on 28 May 2014.
Thanks Stephen, I should have known that being a former member of IER (G) - great times. I always appreciate your insightful comments. Regards Paul

Added by Paul Davies on 28 May 2014.
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