Trojan Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE)
is designed to open routes through complex battlefield obstacles and
clear a path through minefields.
Standard equipment includes a winch and
on the right side is a Caterpillar excavator arm with thumb that can
take a number of attachments.
The bucket attachment has a capacity of
one cubic metre and the arm has a lift capacity of 6.5 tonnes.
Engineering Full-Width Mine Plough can be mounted at the front to
clear mines and a Pearson Engineering Pathfinder clear lane-marking
system can also be fitted.
It can also carry fascines to drop into
ditches and tow a trailer-mounted Python rocket-propelled
Trojan has the flexibility to support a wide
range of operations, including humanitarian missions. The Trojan is a new armoured
engineer vehicles based on a common tank chassis – the Challenger 2
Main Battle Tank (MBT). Trojan is manufactured by the Alvis subsidiary of BAe Systems
(Now BAe Global Combat Systems).
Trojan and the Titan Armoured Bridge
Launcher 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.
In March 2004, the first prototype Trojan was delivered to the Royal
Engineers Trials and Development Unit (RETDU) at Bovington. A total of
33 Trojans are now in service.
Trojan Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE) Specifications
33 in service
Perkins CV12 diesel engine, David Brown TN54
enhanced low-loss gearbox and the OMANI cooling group, Auxiliary Power
Unit (APU) is also fitted
1 x 7.62mm machine gun, Stowage for crew man-portable Light
Anti-Tank Weapons, Fitted with NBC protection system