Titan Armoured Vehicle Launcher Bridge (AVLB) - British Army - Royal Engineers - Armed Forces - a8a3.3



Titan Armoured Vehicle Launcher Bridge (AVLB) carrying a No 12 Close Support Bridge

The Titan is a new armoured engineer vehicles based the Challenger 2 main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis. Titan is designed to cross gaps of up to 60 metres, laying a selection of close support bridges.

It can carry and lay the current range of In-Service No 10, 11 and 12 Close Support Bridges, providing ground manoeuvre formations with improved operation of the bridges enabling them to be laid in a greater range of terrain conditions.

Titan Armoured Vehicle Launcher Bridge (AVLB) recovering a No 12 Close Support Bridge

Titan can launch the 26 metres No 10 bridge in two minutes and using integral trestles and wedges can lay multiple combination bridges in depths of 5 metres, and overbridge oil pipelines and bridges. Titan can carry two 13.5 metres No 12 bridges, which are laid in only 90 seconds. No other Armoured Engineer Vehicle in the world based on latest generation battle tank chassis has this range of capability.

A Titan Armoured Vehicle Launcher Bridge (AVLB) deploying a No 12 Close Support Bridge while making smoke

The replacement of the Chieftain AVRE and AVLB systems by the Trojan Engineer Vehicle and the Titan Bridge Launcher means that the British Army has a common heavy armour fleet based on the Challenger 2 MBT chassis.

Both vehicles are manufactured by the Alvis subsidiary of BAe Systems (Now BAe Global Combat Systems).

Titan AVLB deploying a No 12 Close Support Bridge

These vehicles represent the first armoured engineer vehicles specifically designed (rather than adapted from battle tank chassis) for their role and incorporate the very latest mobility and survivability features, many of which are also planned for Challenger 2.

Improved visibility is achieved by incorporating direct and indirect vision devices with low light, image intensifying and thermal imaging capabilities.

The interior, and to some extent the exterior, of the vehicles have been designed around the crew station positions.

A contract worth 250 million was awarded during early 2001 for the supply of 66 vehicles 33 x Trojan and 33 x Titan. Deliveries to the RE commenced in late 2006.

Titan Armoured Vehicle Launcher Bridge (AVLB) Specifications
33 in service
Weight (Estimated) 62,500kg
Carries Carries BR-90 Close Support Bridges: No. 10 (length 26 m, span 21-24.5 m); No. 11 (length 16 m, span 14.5m); & No.12 (length 13.5 m, span 12 m)
Road Speed 59km/h
Road Range 450kms
Engine comprises Perkins CV12 diesel engine, David Brown TN54 enhanced low-loss gearbox and the OMANI cooling group: Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) is also fitted
Engine Power 1,200bhp
Crew 3
Armament 1 x 7.62mm machine gun, Stowage for crew man-portable Light Anti-Tank Weapons, Fitted with NBC protection system.