Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle


Based on the BMP-2 ICV, the Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle (ERV) is intended to be a fully integrated system amphibious vehicle capable of acquiring, recording and transmitting combat engineer and military bridging reconnaissance data to a central command post. This enables the engineers to cross both dry and water obstacles. The ERV can provide a considerable amount of detailed information including height and slope of the river bank, load bearing capability of the soil and bed profile of the river. Equipment installed on the ERV includes a gyro land navigation system, a global positioning system, a radio navigation and guidance system, a hand held recording conpenetrometre to test soil, an electronic disomat and theodolite, a water current metre, an echo sounder, a laser rangefinder, picket driving and trail blazing equipment.


Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle

The picket driving and trail blazing equipment is mounted on the left side of the hull, towards the rear and enables the ERV to quickly mark the path for the following vehicles. All of the instruments on the ERV have been integrated through serial interfaces and the data is logged in a 386-strengthened IBM compatible PC. Standard equipment includes a roof mounted A/C system, NBC system, two bilge pumps and a gyro direction indicator. All automotive trials of AERV which provides a capability to acquire, record and transmit data on width, bed profile, water depth and bearing capacity of the surface of remote & inaccessible areas have been successfully completed. As per the 2002-03 report published by the Ministry of Defence, the first limited series production (LSP) order of eight vehicles has been delivered to the Indian Army and a repeat LSP order for eight more AERVs was also placed.
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