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modified: Nov 10, 2012

BREM-80U is a Russian armored recovery vehicle based on the T-80U. It was developed by Omsk Transport Machine Building Design Bureau and unveiled in 1997.

The vehicle is powered by the T-80 turbine engine.

An armored superstructure of all-welded steel construction is located at the front of the vehicle. It provides protection for the crew against small arms fire and shell splinters.

The BREM-80U is fitted with a large hydraulically operated crane of the telescopic type on the front left corner with 18 tonnes capacity. The jib crane folds back along the right side of the hull when not in use.

The superstructure contains a heavy winch for extracting vehicles in conjunction with a bow-mounted hydraulically operated bulldozer blade. The winch has 35 tonnes pulling capacity. However, snatch blocks can be used to increase this capacity to 140 tonnes. An auxiliary winch is also provided.

The crew of four consists of the commander, mechanic/driver, fitter and wedger/rigger. A fifth seat is provided for an additional crew member.

The vehicle is fitted with a work platform over the engine deck with welding equipment and spare parts stowage.

BREM-80U is armed with a 12.7mm machine gun. In addition, a bank of eight 81mm electrically operated smoke grenade launchers are mounted at the front of the vehicle on the left side.

References: JAA5, TST
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