The Type 653 Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) was developed by NORINCO of China for the Chinese Army. A conventional ARV system through-and-through, the design was based upon the existing chassis of the Chinese Type 69 Main Battle Tank sans its turret structure. The vehicle was instead given a dozer blade for moving obstacles and earth, a hydraulically-powered lifting crane capable of 70 ton weights, and other qualities to make it a useful ARV on a battletifled. The turret area was replaced by a fixed hull superstructure to represent the crew operating space.
The Type 69 origins were clearly visible in the hull lines and running gear - which included five road wheels to a hull side. The operating crew was three personnel.
Operators included the Chinese military as well as Iraq, Pakistan and Thailand.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Onboard systems provide solutions to accomplish a variety of battlefield engineering tasks.
General utility-minded design to accomplish a variety of battlefield tasks, typically in a non-direct-combat fashion.
Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.
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