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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1992
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$2.8 million
Also Known As: Bergepanzer 3 Büffel, BPz 3, Buffalo, PNMIRK and Wisent 1
Origin: Germany
Corporations: Rheinmetall Defence
Parent System: Buffel
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1992
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Buffalo, also known as Buffel, is a recovery vehicle based on the proven Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) chassis. It retains the Leopard 2 tank reliability, availability, and logistics support features. The technology applied to the Buffalo has also been integrated into the recovery vehicles of Korean K1 and French Leclerc main battle tanks. The Buffalo was ordered originally by Germany and the Netherlands, subsequently Sweden, Spain and Greece have ordered this proven recovery vehicle.

The Buffalo is qualified for recovery or towing of tracked vehicles up to MLC 60, repair, operation in fighting areas thanks to its armor and under armor operation capability, and obstacle removal jobs. The Buffalo includes a crane system able to lift up to 30 tons, a main winch, an auxiliary winch, a dozer system, a cutting and welding system, and other onboard equipment and tools.

Buffel Specifications

Crew: 3
Height: 2.80 meter (110 inch)
Length: 7.70 meter (303 inch)
Width: 3.70 meter (146 inch)
Max Range: 400 kilometer (249 mile)
Power: 1,500 shp (1,119 kW)
Cross Country Speed: 45 kph (12.5 mps)
Top Speed: 72 kph (45 mph)
Max Weight: 54,000 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Buffel News

There are 6 news between
15 May 2008 and 19 Dec 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019Dutch Army to Upgrade 21 Bergepanzer 3 Armored Recovery Vehicles
Tuesday, April 30, 2019Dutch Army Selects Rheinmetall Order to Modernize Buffel Armored Repair Vehicles
Wednesday, November 13, 2013Indonesia Orders 103 Upgraded Leopard 2A4 Tanks, 42 Marder 1A3 and 11 Buffel Armored Vehicles
Tuesday, December 20, 2011Canadian Armed Forces Order Additional Buffel Armored Recovery Vehicles
Thursday, April 14, 2011Rheinmetall Wins Important Bundeswehr Force Protection Orders
Thursday, May 15, 2008Canadian Armed Forces Take Delivery of Two Buffalo Armored Recovery Vehicles

Operators & Related Equipment

Ex-German recovery vehicles loaned by the Canadian Armed Forces for use in Afghanistan beginning in 2008. Additional vehicles (about 10?) were purchased in December 2011 to be delivered in 2013-2014.
Wisent 1 (11) and PNMIRK (2)
ex-German Army upgraded vehicles ordered in December 2012
201314Bgbv 120

Grand Total 679
Propulsion Systems
MB 873 Ka-501x1
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