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Also Known As: Bergepanzer 3 Büffel, BPz 3, Buffalo, PNMIRK and Wisent 1
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.
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