Ukrainian Armed Forces already use Norwegian NM189 Ingeniørpanservogn armored engineer vehicle
Norwegian NM189 Ingeniørpanservogn armored engineer vehicles were spotted in use by the Ukrainian military for the first time.
This was reported by the Ukraine Weapons Tracker analytical team.
In March, Norway sent the Ukrainian military three NM189 Ingeniørpanservogn along with other military engineering equipment and Leopard 2A4NO tanks.
The video shows how one of the Norwegian vehicles is preparing the positions of Ukrainian soldiers on the front line.
Militarnyi reported that in April, these armored vehicles were delivered by Ukrainian transport aircraft to Poland to conduct military training at one of the Polish training grounds.
NM189 is based on the chassis of the German Leopard 1 tank and is equipped with a crane boom, a dump, and cable winches to perform tasks for preparing defensive positions and creating passages in enemy engineering barriers.
The NM189 is an armored engineer vehicle based on the Leopard 1 tank built in 1995 for Norway. The first vehicles were tested in 1999, including during a peacekeeping operation in Kosovo. By 2001, all 22 vehicles ordered had been delivered to the Norwegian Army.
A crew of two, consisting of the driver and commander, is placed in each half of the wheelhouse.
The vehicle is armed with a 12.7mm machine gun and eight smoke grenade launchers.
The armored engineer vehicle is equipped with a dump and a hydraulic boom with a bucket. The boom is mounted in the middle of the front of the vehicle and is placed between the two halves of the wheelhouse. The boom can be used as a crane.
The armored engineer vehicle is equipped with two cable winches, each with a pulling force of up to 9 tons. Using pulleys, the maximum thrust force reaches 60 tons. The length of the cable is 200 meters. The engineering system also includes electric welding and cutting equipment.
The engineering vehicle can be equipped with a Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC), which can be placed on an armored hull for clearing passages in minefields.
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