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Leclerc DNG



Overview


Leclerc DNG

The Leclerc DNG armored recovery vehicle during the annual 14th of July parade in the streets of Paris.
Source: David Monniaux - © GNU Attribution - Share Alike license

Origin
France
Type
Recovery vehicle
Entered service
Around 2000
Status
In service
Development
1991 - late 1990's
Developer
France - Giat
Production
1994 (1 prototype)
1999 - 2000's
Producer
France - Giat
Number produced
66
Designation
DNG / Dépanneur Nouvelle Generation
French for "next generation recovery vehicle"
Leclerc DCL
French army designation
DCL / Dépanneur du Char Leclerc
French for "Leclerc recovery tank"
Notable users
France - Army
United Arab Emirates - Army

Description


Introduction

The Leclerc DNG is the armored recovery version of the Leclerc. The acronym DNG stands for "Dépanneur Nouvelle Generation" which is French for "next generation recovery vehicle". The French army uses the acronym DCL that stands for "Dépanneur du Char Leclerc" and "Leclerc recovery tank" in English.

Layout

The Leclerc DNG is based on the chassis of the Leclerc main battle tank. The chassis has been lengthened and has 7 roadwheels instead of 6. The turret is replaced by a casemate superstructure and engineer equipment. A crane is mounted on the right. The bulldozer blade in front doubles as the earth anchor for the 34 t winch.

Mobility

The tracked chassis provides a good mobility both in the field and on roads. The 1.500 hp diesel engine provides a maximum speed of 72 km/h and a range of 450 km on roads. Both the French and UAE models are fitted with the same MTU-883 1.500 hp diesel powerpack.

Users

The Leclerc DNG was adopted by the French army and the United Arab Emirates. Both nations also use the Leclerc main battle tank.

Details


Facts Leclerc DNG
General
Origin
France
Type
Armored recovery vehicle
Crew
3-4 (commander, driver, 1 or 2 engineers)
Dimensions
Weight
59 t combat load
Length
9.15 m
Width
3.38 m
Height
2.6 m roof
Armament
Type
12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun
Mount
Pintle mount on roof
Ammunition
700 rounds, 100 ready to fire
Traverse
360 degrees, manual traverse and elevation
Stabilizer
No
Automotive
Chassis
Tracked chassis, 7 roadwheels
Idler front, drive sprocket rear, 0.64 m track width
Suspension
Hydropneumatic
Engine
MTU MT-883 Ka-500 V12 diesel
Power output
1.500 hp at 2.700 rpm
Transmission
Renk HSWL 295TM automatic, 5 forward, 3 reverse
Fuel
1.500 L
Mobility
Max speed
72 km/h on road
55 km/h cross country
38 km/h reverse
Range
500 km
Power to weight ratio
25.4 hp/t
Ground clearance
0.49 m
Wall
0.8 m
Trench
3 m
Gradient
60 %
Slope
30 %
Fording
1 m
Protection
Armor type
Steel, rated to protect against 14.5x114mm
NBC system
Yes
Smoke
8x smoke grenade launcher
Equipment
Engineer equipment
Dozer blade, 3.4 m wide
Crane
30 t crane
Winch
34 t primary winch
1.5 t secondary winch

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