×
Aviation & Aerospace - Airpower 2024 - Aircraft by Country - Aircraft Manufacturers Vehicles & Artillery - Armor 2024 - Armor by Country - Armor Manufacturers Infantry Small Arms - Warfighter 2024 - Small Arms by Country - Arms Manufacturers Warships & Submarines - Navies 2024 - Ships by Country - Shipbuilders U.S. Military Pay 2024 Military Ranks Special Forces by Country

M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher)


Combat Engineering Vehicle (CEV)


United States | 1995



"The M1 Grizzly was a planned Combat Engineering Vehicle offshoot of the storied M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank line - the Army budget halted the project."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/28/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
The M1 "Grizzly" was a short-lived Combat Engineering Vehicle (CEV) product for the United States military based on the established chassis of the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT). The vehicle was in-development during the early part of the 1990s and intended for the role of "breacher" system for the modern battlefield (indeed the product initially carried the name of "Breacher"). Able to keep pace with the mechanized land forces of the United States, the Grizzly was to clear any obstacles and minefields laid down by enemy forces ahead of the direct-combat land units like Abrams tanks and Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs). A prototype emerged in 1995 but the program was terminated in 2001 due to Army budget constraints.

The U.S. Army planned to acquire some 366 total Grizzly vehicles for their part in the program which would have refurbished out-of-service Abrams tanks - providing at least some level of "logistical friendliness" in terms of commonality of parts.

While maintaining much of the general form and performance of the Abrams (including amphibious capabilities but sans the powered main gun turret), the Grizzly's defining features were its bow-mounted dozer blade and trainable telescoping arm (containing an earth-moving bucket) over the rear. An onboard Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) powered the systems when the engine was turned off. The Grizzly retained the NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) and fire suppression suites of the Abrams for basic crew survivability and was modestly-armed through 1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) by way of a Remote Weapon Station (RWS). The standard operating crew numbered two - driver and vehicle commander - they positioned side-by-side in a fixed forward superstructure. At the front facing of the superstructure was found 12 x smoke grenade dischargers giving the vehicle a self-screening capability. The running gear remained faithful to the original Abrams - its gas turbine engine in place and driving a rear mounted sprocket. As in the Abrams design, seven double-tired roadwheels were to be featured in a "track-and-wheel" arrangement along each hull side.

In the end, the program was cited as being too expensive to procure per-unit and too expensive to maintain in the long run. In its place was adopted the "Assault Breacher Vehicle" (ABV) - otherwise known as "The Shredder" - and this product entered service in 2009 with the Army and USMC services. Thirty-nine were procured.

Only a single M1 Grizzly prototype was ever completed.

Content ©MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) Combat Engineering Vehicle (CEV).
1 x Honeywell AGT1500 gas turbine engine developing 1,500 horsepower.
Installed Power
41 mph
66 kph
Road Speed
261 miles
420 km
Range
Structure
The physical qualities of the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) Combat Engineering Vehicle (CEV).
2
(MANNED)
Crew
34.8 ft
10.62 meters
O/A Length
12.0 ft
3.65 meters
O/A Width
11.5 ft
3.5 meters
O/A Height
110,231 lb
50,000 kg | 55.1 tons
Weight
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher) Combat Engineering Vehicle (CEV).
1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) OR 1 x 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) in Remote Weapon Station (RWS).
12 x Smoke Grenade Dischargers
AMMUNITION:
500 x 12.7mm ammunition (estimated)
250 x 40mm projectiles (estimated)
12 x Smoke Grenades
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Nightvision - YES.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher) family line.
M1 Grizzly CMV - Base Series Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Chrysler Defense (General Dynamics Land Systems) - USA
National flag of the United States

[ United States (cancelled) ]
1 / 5
Image of the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher)
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
2 / 5
Image of the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher)
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
3 / 5
Image of the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher)
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
4 / 5
Image of the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher)
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
5 / 5
Image of the M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher)
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.

Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
ENGINEERING
SPECIAL PURPOSE
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
The M1 Grizzly Combat Mobility Vehicle (CMV) (Breacher) Combat Engineering Vehicle (CEV) appears in the following collections:
HOME
ARMOR INDEX
ARMOR BY COUNTRY
VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS
COMPARE VEHICLES
VEHICLES BY CONFLICT
VEHICLES BY TYPE
VEHICLES BY DECADE
MODERN TANKS
MODERN ARTILLERY
X-TANKS
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2024 Military Pay Scale Military Ranks U.S. DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols US 5-Star Generals WW2 Weapons by Country

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

Part of a network of sites that includes Global Firepower, WDMMA.org, WDMMW.org, and World War Next.


©2024 www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-2024 (21yrs)