|Product type:||Armoured Vehicles|
|Name:||Main battle tank|
The AMX-30 Combat Engineer Tractor, or Engin Blinde de Genie (EBG), was developed by Giat Industries to meet the requirements of the French Army with a total of 71 vehicles being built, the last of which was completed late in 1993.
The EBG is designed for use in forward areas and is equipped with a front-mounted hydraulically operated dozer blade which is fitted with six scarifying teeth, a hydraulic winch with a maximum capacity of 20,000 kg, a hydraulic PTO and a working arm pivoted at the front of the hull on the right side. The arm is used to lift obstacles out of the way and can be fitted with pincers to remove tree trunks or an auger which can bore 220 mm diameter holes to a depth of 3 m.
Armament consists of a 7.62 mm machine gun, four smoke grenade dischargers, a launching tube for demolition charges and four mine-launching tubes. The 142 mm demolition charge has a maximum range of 300 m. Each of the four mine-launching arms has a tube containing six 139 mm diameter anti-tank mines. The vehicle's crew of three consist of: the commander, a sapper and a driver. It has a maximum road speed of 65 km/h and can ford to a depth of 2.5 m without preparation or 4 m with preparation.
The French Army EBGs are to be provided with an MLC 65 (Military Load Class) folding assault bridge.
The TCP (Travure Courte Portee) folding assault bridge has been developed by CNIM which is currently supplying the French Army with the Pont Flottant Motorise (PFM) motorised pontoon bridge system.
This bridge is fitted onto the EBG from a single-axle trailer using only the EBG's crane. Once in position, the scissors bridge is opened by a combination of cables and gravity and can be used to span a gap up to 12 m wide. When opened out the bridge is 14 m long, 4 m wide and weighs a total of 4,800 kg.