Hyundai Rotem has released details of the new combat engineer vehicle (CEV) under development to meet the operational requirements of the Republic of Korea Army.It seems like it'll be a nice vehicle but nothing world changing. What would be a nice blast from the past is to see an engineer vehicle with the usual blades and hydraulic arm along with a demolition gun.
The company has already developed and manufactured armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) and armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) to support the K1 and K2 main battle tanks in service with the ROK Army.
The new CEV is designed for use in a wide range of battlefield missions, including clearing battlefield obstacles, preparing fire positions for MBTs and artillery, and carrying out breaching operations.
Mounted on the right side of the hull is a hydraulic arm that is typically fitted with various attachments, such as an auger, gripper of bucket, however, this can also accommodate a crane with a maximum lifting capacity of up to 2.5 tonnes. When not required, this is traversed to the rear and lays alongside the hull.
Mounted at the front of the hull is the Pearson Engineering's Full Width Mine Plough (FWMP) that can clear mines to a maximum depth of 0.30 m.
The CEV is also fitted with a Pearson Engineering's Magnetic Signature Duplicator (MSD) and the Obstacle Marking System (OMS) that dispenses poles into the ground with a pennant as the vehicle moves forwards, showing following vehicles a path through a cleared mine field.
For use in the development phase, Pearson Engineering have supplied three sets of equipment with each of these consisting of one FWMP, one MSD, one OMS, and one High Lift Adaptor, which is used to transport and fit the FWMP.
Hyundai Rotem is quoting a combat weight of 62 tonnes with a 1,200 hp diesel engine, enabling a maximum road speed of up to 60 km/h.
The CEV is operated by a crew of two seated in a well-protected compartment at the front left side of the vehicle, with the driver at the front and the commander to the immediate rear.