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No photo BGBV 82 ARV (Armoured Recovery Vehicle) see Hagglunds
Bloodhound Ford M151 8x8

Bloodhound Ford M151 8x8

Bloodhound Ford M151 8x8
Bloodhound (M151 8x8)

Amphibious vehicle "Bloodhound" (Amphibious 8 wheel drive). It is a full amphibious vehicle, it floats and has a propeller for propulsion in the water. It has 8 wheel drive with 4 differential of witch 3 can be locked and unlocked and it has 4 Wheel steering. (first and last axle)

There is only one of this prototype vehicle in the World

Is it a Ford brother of the M151 ???

It uses much of the same parts as the M151.

This vehicle was for sale (2000) in Italy.

No photo Blue Camper see GMC prototype.
BMK-130 Bridging boats (Russian Federation) (1960)

BMK-130 Bridging boats (Russian Federation) (1960)

BMK-130 Bridging boats (Russian Federation) (1960)

BMK-130 Bridging boats (Russian Federation) (1960)
BMK-130 Bridging boats (Russian Federation) (1960)

I has a hull made of steel and is divided into individual watertight compartments.

Engine: 120 hp 4 cylinder 2 stroke diesel YAZ 204 of Detroit 4-71 (1950)
Length: 7850 width: 2107 height: 1500 mm
Fuel tank: 255 litre use: 28 l/h
Speed water: 16.5

On each side of the hull is a strut and a wheel that assist in the launching and recovery of the boat.
Once afloat, the wheels are folded up alongside the hull.

The BMK-130M, in the photo was introduced in the mid-1960s,
The wheels are swung to the front and stowed in wells on either side of the hull.
This reduces drag and the chances of damage to the wheels when afloat.

The launching sequence is as follows:

The hitch is connected to the front bumper of the truck, the boat is pushed into the water stern first and once the boat is afloat it is disconnected from the truck.
The wheels of the boat are swung to the front and stowed in the wells.


BMK-150 Bridging boats (Russian Federation)

BMK-150 Bridging boats (Russian Federation)

BMK-150 Bridging boats (Russian Federation)
BMK-150 Bridging boats (Russian Federation)

It has a hull made of aluminium, is much lighter than the BMK-130 and BMK-130M

It has two engines that separately control the twin screws.

This boat has a windscreen and a cover that can be erected in bad weather.

The basic BMK-150 has wheels that fold up on the outside of the hull,
while the later BMK-150M (in the photo's) has wheel wells.

BMP-1

BMP-1

BMP-1 fuel tank

BMP-1-water
BMP-1 (1966)

The vehicle is fully amphibious

The Russian BMP-1 has an:

Engine: 217 kW (295 hp) 6 cylinder diesel in front on the right hand of the driver
Speed land: 70 off-road: 40 water: 7 km/h
Length: 6735 width: 2940 height: 1900 mm
Weight: 13650 kg
Range 600 to 750 km
Crew: 3 commander sits behind the driver plus 8 troops.

The main fuel tank sits in the middle between the troops
The two large doors at the back where the troops step through are extra DIESEL FUEL TANKS. The ambulance version has normal doors.

The BMP has the whole alphabet in variations on arms, armour and function including ambulance and armoured amphibious dozer see BMP-2.


B/BMP-2

B/BMP-2-rear

BMP-2 Armoured Amphibious Dozer

BMP-2 (1974)

It is fully amphibious.

Engine: 300 hp diesel UTD-20/3

Weight: 14300 kg (improved armour)
Length: 6720 width: 3150 height: 2450 mm
Speed land: 65 off-road: 40 water: 7 km/h
Range 600 km

Two man turret (commander and gunner) driver sits in front.
7 troops instead of 8 and two rear infantry roof hatches instead of four.

The rear doors are still filled with diesel fuel.

BMP-3 water

BMP-3

BMP-3 water
BMP-3 (1987)

The BMP-3 nicknamed "Troyka" is fully amphibious.

The Russian BMP-3 has an:

Engine: V6 450 hp or 500 hp diesel
later also a 660 hp in the rear under the troops
Gearbox: fully automatic transmission, hydro mechanical
Steering: hydrostatic gearbox
Length 6740 width: 3200 height: 2400 mm
Weight: 18700 kg
Speed land: 72 off-road: 45 water: 10 km/h
Range: 600 km
Crew: 3 men plus 7 troops, plus 2 in seats left and right of the driver.
Water-drive: PTO for the 2 water jets at the rear of the hull.

The suspension is adjustable by the driver from a minimum ground clearance of 190 mm to a maximum ground clearance of 510 mm.

It is worth mentioning, that the troop compartment is cramped.
Infantrymen enter and leave the vehicle through rear doors and roof hatches. The doors and hatches are under water when the vehicle is in the water. ;-)

BMP-4 (1999)
BMY corp ACE M9 BMY Corp. M9 ACE (Armoured Combat Earthmover)(USA)

This is the American equivalent of the FV180, but is a much more pedestrian affair, resembling a commercial bulldozer, propelled in the water by it's tracks after a fair degree of preparation.

One of the things to be done is to fit a water tight door to the rear.

The info was send in by Harold Smith.

Special page

Boats on wheels without license plates

They are mostly used for the:
AOC mussels peach in the the St Michel's Mount Bay in France.

But number of tourist boats is rising.


One of the largest passenger boat on wheels
is the Sirene De La Baie.
to be found under (S)
Bocar

Bocar

Bocar

Bocar

Bocar

Bocar

Bocar
Bocar (+- 1980)
It is a soft side pop-up Caravan that leaves the wheels on land (trailer)

It was made in Holland, a project of a foundation, carried out by an employment for deprived people in the place Winsum in the north of the town Groningen.

The foundation was sponsored by the "Wilhelminafonds".

About 48 Bocars have been built, and 5 up to 8 where finished by the purchaser of the bankrupt company.

One can say it was not a success,
the law of that time forbid to put luggage in a boat that was on a trailer.
So exit Bocar.

Now you use it simply as soft side pop-up. On the camp-site you raise the roof and lower the trailer support legs. In the morning you raise the legs, drive her to the ramp, put the boot in the water and park the trailer on you camp side place. Hookup an outboard (max. 15 hp) that also charges the on board battery and up and down the river you go. :-)

In the evening you can spend the night on the water or return to the camp side.

The roof is a soft top and it can be removed entirely. Or you can leave the top on and remove the sides partly or all together.

The layout is that a camper trailer of that time, 1 x 3 seats/double bed and 1 x 4 seats/double bed. Gas bottle in a bun in the nose, a two burner stove and a sink with a cold water tap (electric pump). No toilet and shower.

To top of the lack of research at the time it received an innovation award by a public TV company (TROS).

It is a nice example of a good idea that was killed by stupid laws, laws that have changed after the bankruptcy.
Bocar Bocar Bocar
Bocar Bocar Bocar
Borderview Borderviewlodge vehicle (Modified Rolligon)

Is one of two Rollagons that they purchased out of the oil fields in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. The "tundra tired" transportation vehicles float in open water supporting up to 20,000 pounds total weight.

They have changed the differentials and tires on them. Each tire measures 54" High by 68" Wide and will support (float) 5,000 pounds individually.

They have found these vehicles to be the most versatile transportation possible and ensures that your fishing experience is the most enjoyable and the safest that they can provide.

They also have a single all enclosed unit that was designed and built in Canada. The front tires articulate under the cab portion.

I do not lick fishing, but if fishing is necessary to travel in this vehicle, I'm willing to learn :-)

Borgward Ente prototype (1944)

Borgward Ente prototype (1944)
Borgward Ente prototype (1944)

The "Ente" or "Duck" was an amphibious "Goliath" a wire controlled bomb on tracks.

Only 2 prototypes where build.
It had the drive-train of a "Minenreumwagen" B II
Engine: 6 cylinder Borgward
One propeller on the rear and 2 rudders.

The prototypes had for testing purposes a drivers seat on top.

Borgward  Seeteufel prototype (1944)

Borgward  Seeteufel prototype (1944)

Borgward  Seeteufel prototype (1944)

Borgward  Seeteufel prototype (1944)
Borgward Seeteufel prototype (1944)

The ?Seeteufel? or ?Sea Devil? was a tracked two-man amphibian midget submarine.
At the time (WWII) there were for this prototype no diesel engines available.

Engine: 80 hp gasoline and 30 hp electric
Speed land: 10 km/h water: 10 knots electric: 8 knots
Length: 13 500 height: 2900 snorkel: 5500 mm

It had propeller and caterpillar tracks
Radius surfaced: 30 hours at top speed
Submerged: 30 hours and electric: 10 hours at top speed
Max diving depth: 21 m (prototype made 20 m)

The captain was seated in the front just behind the snorkel with his head in a plastic dome. He had aircraft like controls placed in front of his seat.

What was learned from the prototype was:
A 250 hp diesel was needed and a 100 hp electrical engine.
The tracks needed to be wider.

The Seeteufel was to be armed with two torpedo's
machine guns and/or flame throwers.
The order for 23 Seeteufel was placed but they where never build.
The only prototype was destroyed at the end of WWII
Airroll

Borg-Warner co. Airroll I
Borg-Warner co. Airroll I (1962 1965)

After test on a non amphibious version (1959) Borg-Warner Company and the US Marine presented in 1965 the Airroll I. (LVA-X1 ??)
13 tires on each side, and mudguards.

Engine: Chrysler V8 engine
Speed land 50 water 16 km/h
Weight: 9000 kg

It did 15.000 km of testing ?? preformed perfect on soft ground and on water. Also known under the name 'Water Skipper'
It stands in the USMC museum, Quantico, Maryland.

In the background (photo II) there is a vehicle with a different track layout of which I know nothing of.

XM 579 airroll

XM 579 airroll

XM 579 airroll
Borg-Warner co. Airroll XM 759 (1967)

The US Army took up the idea and ordered the XM759
This vehicle was used in the Pacific.

USMC bought 7 of more of them for tests.
The XM 759 could transport 14 men and equipment and 2 crew men.

The characteristics are:
Weight: 4200 kg load 1400 kg
Length 6200 width: 2800 mm
Tires: 17 on each side
Ground pressure 0.15 kg/cm2
Fuel: 223 litres
range: 260 km
Maximum gradient 60% and 30% sideways. Climbing a vertical wall of 900 mm and crossing a trench 2000 mm wide.
It was self recovering with a capstan winch on the front
The engine was located behind the cab.

It was/is in the Amphib Museum on Pendleton.
No picture
Borg Warner-Corp Bushmaster or Beach-Buster (1946
See LVT - 3
Bovykina

Bovykina
Bovykina (xxxx)

I know it is Russian from after WWII


Boat RV hands P. Bovykina

That is a translation from the following Russian text:

Лодка на колесах руки П. Бовыкина
The box

The box

The box

The box

The box
Box The (1970)

Question was it sold under the name Monocoque ?

It was a design project of Dan Hanebrink and Matt Van Leeuwen.

Engine: 60 hp 500cc Kawasaki two-stroke
Speed land: 160 km/h
It powered both front and rear wheels true a belt drive.

It had a central mounted disk brake.
It did the 400 meter in 13.5 seconds

It is a the two seater, accessed was through the front window/door.
4 wheel hydraulic steering by foot control. (soap-box cart style)
Motor cycle levers where controlling throttle, brake, and shifting.

http://www.hanebrink.net

The Box was in an artical in the Popular Science November 1970

Photos digitally modified with Gimp. Text and a Beetle roof are removed!

BRDM-1 (1959)

BRDM-1 (1959)

BRDM-1 and 2 belly wheels
BRDM-1 (1959)

Soviet armoured amphibious reconnaissance vehicle.
Also known as (BTR-40). About 10 000 were produced by Molotov GAZ plant, Gorkiy, Russia until 1966.

The prototype version of the vehicle, (1957), had an open top, the standard production model, (1958), had a roof with two hatches. The belly-wheels can be lowered, they give the vehicle the ability to cross old style trenches.
The driver could control tire pressure through a regulation system to adjust for off-road or ditch crossing performance.

Engine: GAZ-4oP 6 cylinder water-cooled in-line petrol 90 hp
Speed land: 80 water: 9 km/h
Range: 500 km
Fuel: 150 litre
Weight: 5600 kg

Water propulsion: single water jet
BRDM-2 (1962)

BRDM-2 (1962)

BRDM-2 (1962)
BRDM-2 (1962)

The Soviet BRDM-2 is a fully armoured, four-wheel-drive, amphibious reconnaissance vehicle build by Molotov GAZ plant,
Gorkiy, Russia. First publicly shown in 1966.
Production stopped in 1989 with 7200 vehicles produced.
The belly-wheels are chain driven and can be lowered, they give the vehicle the ability to cross old style trenches. Later models do not have the belly wheels this gives more room for the crew.
The driver can adjust the tire pressure on all four individual while the vehicle is in motion to adjust for the ground conditions.

Engine: GAZ-41 V-8 water-cooled petrol 140 hp
Weight: 7,000 kg
Speed land: 100 water: 10 km/h
Range: 750 km
Fuel : 290 litre
Crew: 4

Water propulsion: single water jet
No photo
BRDM-3 is a BTR-80 8x8 APC
brobv_941

brobv_941
Brobv 941 Swedish (1970 1973) in use until 1994

Brobandvagn 941 was designed for transportation, placing and receiving Krigsbro 4 8-of beams. The bridge could carry vehicles up to 50 tons. Much of this bridge laying was based on the design of the early 60's tested on a Strv 81.

Brobv 941 had 4 man crew - head coach, driver, gunner, and a so-called broman.

The vehicle could float and was at the time, the only floating brobandvagnen.

Launch of the bridge could be made ??within 5 minutes, it took less than fifteen minutes to pick up an already laid bridge. The whole operation could be performed by the crew under armour protection. At the laying of the bridge used a telescopic beam that was placed over the watercourse.

Engine: Volvo Penta type THD 100 C 6 cyl. diesel 310 hp
Gearbox: Volvo Penta type R-61 8 forward speeds + 2 reverse
Speed: 56.4 km/h
Range: About 400 km (highway)

Length: 14 650 mm (16 900 with bridge)
Width: 3230 mm (4000 with bridge)
Height: 3070 mm (3770 with bridge)

Total weight: 29 400 kg
(bridge with attachments) 7,500 kg

Crew: 4 man
Conver Broveco Machines B.V.
Industrieweg 18
4283 GZ, Giessen
The Netherlands

Conver 2005

Manufacturer of CONVERE products for mowing, clearance, dredging, and maintenance of waterways, verges, dikes, drains and slopes.

http://www.conver.com/

Summers Bush Machine

Summers Bush Machine
Bristol Bush Swamper (1979)

16 wheel drive ATV, it is possible to add 8 more tires
then it is a 24 wheel drive machine. ;-)

Engine: air cooled Briggs and Stratton 2 cylinder 4 stroke 18 hp
Gearbox: two x Variable V belt both with forward and reverse
Steering: non skid steering (360 turn on the spot)
Speed land: 27 km/h speed water: ??
Weight: 431 kg load land: 454 kg load water: 182 kg
Length: 2660 mm width: 1350 mm height: 1320 mm
Fuel: 20 litre hours 7 to 9


It was originally named the Summers Bush Machine.
Size was a little smaller 60 mm in al directions.
There were also 22 "prototypes" built called the "Rollsport"
It was manufactured in North Bay, Ontario Canada by E.H. Summers Manufacturing.
BTM 6 BTM 6

Made in Russia. ?
Engine: VAS, volume 0,75 L, power 33 hp
Speed land: 50 water: 3 km/h

length: 2250 width: 1840 height: 1870 mm

Wheel base: 704 track: 1550 mm
Ground clearance: 170 mm
Load 2 person plus 200 kg or 6 person plus 50 kg

It is build over a Tubular frame, wheels have disk brakes and are driven with chains.
BTM 8 BTM 8

Made in Russia. ?
Engine: VAS, volume 0,75 L, power 33 hp
Speed land: 50 water: 3 km/h
Length: 2954 width: 1840 height: 1870 mm
Wheel base: 704 track: 1550 mm
Ground clearance: 170 mm

Load: 2 person plus 400 kg or 6 person plus 50 kg
It is build over a Tubular frame, wheels have disk brakes and are driven with chains.
BTR-50 Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier

BTR-50 Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier

BTR-50 (1954)

The BTR-50 is a tracked APC, not like the rest of the BTR's that have wheels.

"???, ????????????????" = "BTR armoured transporter"

It is based on the chassis of the PT-76 light tank. The troop compartment is sometimes open at the top, other versions have hatches. Leaving and entering means climbing over the side of the hull.

Engine: V-6 water cooled diesel 240 hp (in the rear)
Length: 7080 width: 3140 height: 1970 mm
Weight 14 200 kg
Speed land: 44 km/h
Fuel: 400 litre
Range: 400 km
Water propulsion: two water jets
Crew 2 + 20 troops
BTR-60 Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier

BTR-60 Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier
BTR-60 (1958)

Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier
Powered by two 90 hp gasoline engines mounted at the rear of the hull. It had an open troop compartment (16 troopers)

The first and third axles are powered by the right engine and the second and fourth axles by the left engine.
The first four wheels are used for power-assisted steering.
A central tire-pressure regulation system is fitted as standard.

Engine: 2 x GAZ-40P 6-cylinder gasoline 90 hp
Length: 7560 width: 2825 height: 2310 mm
Weight: 10 300 kg
Speed land: 80 water: 10 km/h
Fuel: 290 litre
Range: 500 km
Water propulsion: water jet

The BTR-60 PA, (1963) has an armoured roof, and can carry 14 troopers.
BTR-70 Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier

BTR-70 Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier
BTR-70 (1972)

The Soviet BTR-70 is fully amphibious.

Engines: two x ZMZ-4905 8 cylinder 120 hp gasoline
First production: two x GAZ-69B 6 cylinder 115 hp
Speed land: 80 water: 9 km/h
Length: 7535 width: 2800 height 2320 mm
Weight: 11 500 kg
Range: 400 to 600 km
Water propulsion: water jet
Crew: 2 + 7
BTR-80 Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier

BTR-80 Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier

BTR-80 Soviet Armoured Personnel Carrier
BTR-80 (1984)

It is fully amphibious and has a front-mounted winch, and a central tire-pressure regulation system.

The twin gasoline engines of the BTR-70 have been replaced by one diesel engine with better performance and lower risk of fire.

It has 4 wheel steering

Engine: turbo V-8 diesel 260 hp
Speed land: 90 water: 10 km/h
Length: 7650 width:2900 height: 2410 mm
Ground clearance: 475 mm
Weight: 13 600 kg
Fuel: 300 litre
Range: 600 km
Water propulsion: two water jets
Crew: 3 + 7
Busse & Brothers Terrain Wagon
Busse & Brothers Terrain Wagon

Engine: 4 cylinder flat VW 55 hp (1300 cc?)
Gearbox: 4 + 1 (industrial type?)
Chains: heavy type?
Tyres: 26x12x12

Only 11 vehicles where build from aluminium
The one in the photo is number 9

Info an photo are from Marc Quitzau

More AATV's on www.aatv.de

Buffalo Buffalo for more info see LVT-4
Bussing Schwimm-LKW

Bussing Schwimm-LKW

Bussing Schwimm-LKW

Bussing Schwimm-LKW

Bussing Schwimm-LKW
Bussing (1963)

Schwimm-LKW Prototype
4 where build, 2 are missing but maybe only 3 were build.

MB1 prototype is in Koblenz in the
"Wehrtechnischen Sammlung der Bundeswehr".
I call it an army museum. ;-)

MB0 is in private hands.

Where the other 1 or 2 prototypes are is not known.

Engine: Bussing Diesel U11D 6 in line Under floor engine 11000 cc 210 hp
Gearbox: 6 gears not synchronized.
Transfer-box: high / low
Rear wheel drive but front wheel drive can be engaged
Front and rear differential with locker

Speed land: 86 km/h water: 12 km/h
Length: 8000 width: 2200 height: 2950 mm
Weight: 7000 kg load 2500 kg
Water drive: propeller with a reverse gearbox
Springs: coil
Tyres: 16 x 20 XL

Some info and the first photo was send in by Heinz-Peter Muller

no picture BV 202 Snow cat see Volvo
no picture BV 206 or M973 see Hagglunds
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