WZT-2

Polish ARV built on T-55 hull. It was built to perform repairs on T-55 and T-55A tanks. When it entered service in 1973 it was probably the best ARV in the Warsaw Pact. It is still able to carry out tasks that NATO gives ARVs of its class. Unlike the T-55 and the WZT-1, the WZT-2 is still the basic ARV of the Polish army used for field repairs. It can carry out repairs not only on Soviet tanks like the T-54/T-55 and T-72 but also on Polish PT-91 and German Leopard 2A4 tanks. However because all tanks currently in Polish service weigh more than 40 tonnes it is not able to tow them. It is used to tow lighter vehicles like BWP-1 and 2S1. A number of those vehicles are used by Ratownictwo Kolejowe (Railroad emergency response services).

WZT-2
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Bumar-Labedy
Origin Poland
Country Name Origin Year
Poland 1973
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Type Armoured recovery vehicle
Place of origin Poland
Service history
In service 1973–present
Production history
Produced 1973–92
Number built 600
Specifications
Weight 34 tonnes
Width 3.27 m
Height 2.1 m
Crew 4 + 3 wounded
Main
armament
12.7 mm DShK
Engine V-55W 12-cyl. 38.88 liter water-cooled diesel
591 hp (441 kW)
Power/weight 17.4 hp/tonne (13 kW/tonne)
Suspension torsion bar
Operational
range
465 km

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