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Bison Heavy Protected Recovery Vehicle



Country of Origin/Used by: Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 2011
Manufactured by: Base Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz; Armored Cab: LMT Holdings SOC
Crew: 2
Armament: None
Engine: 8 Cylinder Turbo-Diesel (Bluetec OM502 LA)
Miscellaneous Info: Soon after Germany started their participation in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan, they realized an urgent need for an armored recovery vehicle to safely extract damaged Bundeswehr heavy wheeled vehicles.  Thankfully, a few years prior they had already identified a Commercial Off-the Shelf (COTS) vehicle solution already used by the Canadian military.  That vehicle was the Actros Armored Heavy Support Vehicle System. 

Thusly the Bundeswehr was able to quickly acquire and field the Bison
Schweres Geshutztes Berge-und Abschleppfahrzeug (sGeBaf).  In English that translates to "Heavy Protected Recovery Vehicle". Twelve (12) Bison were quickly built using the Mercedes-Benz Actros 4151 AK 8x8 Heavy Truck as the base.  The vehicles are fitted with a fully armored cab designed by South African company LMT Holdings SOC and uses the specialist recovery body and equipment built by Austrian firm EMPL Fahrzeugwerk Gesellschaft m.b.h.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Bison sGeBaf Photos German Bundeswehr
  Bison sGeBaf Photo Ralph Zwilling - Editor of Tank-Masters DE Website

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Bison sGeBaf Information & Photos German Bundeswehr
Bison sGeBaf Information & Photos Military-Today.com
Bison sGeBaf Information & Photos Tank-Masters DE
"Den Bison Zähmen" (Tame the Bison) German Bundeswehr


Reference Author
sGeBaf Bison: Heavy Protected Recovery Vehicle (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze

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Kits and Accessories

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Bison sGeBaf Model Kit (Y87-231) Y-Modelle 1/87 Resin?
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