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The Charter Boat Services FV180 Combat Engineer Tractor or C.E.T. is the perfect environmental vehicle for cable pulling and trenching. The beauty of this is in the event of  getting stuck, due to its water tightness their will be no oil leaks or environmental damage from oil pollution. This can be fitted with a Bakko, capstan for cable pulling operation. This an amphibious specialist armoured vehicle of the British Army and has been in general service since 1976.

A tracked, lightly armoured vehicle, with amphibious capability, the CET is used by Royal Engineers in ground preparation for bridge construction and towing activities in the front line of battle, such as digging vehicle fighting pits, constructing earthen barriers, repairing roads, recovery of disabled vehicles from water and other obstacles, preparing riverbanks for vehicle crossings and clearing obstacles.

The two crew sit in tandem positions on the left hand side of the vehicle, each with a set of driving controls facing opposite directions. A large earth moving bucket is fitted at the rear of the vehicle and a rocket propelled anchor on a 100m hawser attached to an 8 tonne winch can be fitted to the front.

When operated from the rear seat the bucket is used for earth moving; clearing obstacles, paths or digging tank or gun pits and anti-tank ditches. When operated from the front-facing seat it can be driven on the road, and the anchor can be used to pull the CET up steep obstacles such as riverbanks. The winch rope can be deployed to the front or the rear of the vehicle with a maximum pull of 8 tonnes in both configurations.

The vehicle is NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) proofed and has an air filtration unit, supplying clean air to the crew when operating with the crew hatches closed down in a contaminated environment. The NBC air system is also used to inflate the buoyancy aids required to trim the vehicle when swimming. An Auxiliary Lifting Attachment (ALA) – a davit with a winch rope roller fitted to the inside of the earth moving bucket was used for lifting loads of up to 4 tonnes. Loads such as Medium Girder Bridge pallets could be lifted vertically to a height of 1.8m. This then allowed a cargo vehicle to back under the suspended load, the CET could not travel or turn with a suspended load on the ALA due to lateral weakness of the ALA and the proximity of the load to the earth moving bucket. Use of the ALA was discontinued in the 1990s due to difficulties in annual testing of the safe working load, and a reduced requirement for its use.

The amphibious propulsion is provided by two Dowty water impellers, one mounted on each side of the vehicle and controlled by the commander in the rear seat facing forwards. The water jets are used to steer the vehicle when swimming, this is with the use of movable cowls directing the flow of water. When not in use, the propulsion unit water intakes are closed off with armoured covers to prevent damage during digging operations. Flotation aids are required to trim the vehicle for swimming and a “wash board” is fitted to the front of the vehicle to prevent the bow wave flooding the crew compartment when entering water.

Maximum speed in water is 8.5 knots, the vehicle will wade in 1.8m of water and requires preparation for operating in deeper water this as it achieves buoyancy. FV180 can tow a “Giant Viper” antimine system. It can be airlifted by a C-130 Hercules aircraft.

When choosing from Charter Boat Services you will benefit from our 24/7 breakdown service, all of our vessels come with the 24/7 engineering back-up service, we carry spares and engines.

Please contact us to find out more about our Combat Engineer Tractor or for more information about any of our vessels or services.

Length18.80 metres
Beam6.0 metres
Draft1.3 metres
GRT35 tonnes
Main Engines2 x CATS1000HP
Gear BoxesZF BW550
WaterjetsTwin Hamilton HM521
Fuel Capacity4000 Litres
Range400+ NM
Speed30 Knots
MCA CodingCategory 1 or 2- 150 miles
Fuel economy cruising speed150 litres per hour
Fuel economy 5 knots20 litres per hour
Cruising speed25 knots

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