The BAT-M (Russian БАТ-М) is a Soviet-made superheavy bulldozer that was mainly used in the military environment of the Warsaw Pact countries. Depending on the body, it is 10.0 m long, 4.78 m wide and 2.95 m high without a crane. The chassis is based on the Heavy Artillery Tracked Tractor and on the T-54 main battle tank. The basic version of the BAT-M weighs approx. 25 t. The shape of the sign can be adjusted during operation. The driver’s cab was a widened version of the ZIS-150 truck.

The bulldozer was mainly used in pioneer troops to create paths, excavate positions and decontaminate mined terrain. It is equipped with a four-stroke W-401 diesel engine with 415 hp and reaches a maximum speed of 24 km/h. The shield can be used in plow or leveling position, the BAT-M can move up to 450 m³ of soil per hour. It is optionally equipped with a crane with a lifting capacity of 2 t and has a cable winch with a pulling force of 250 kN. The tank holds 1115 l of diesel, the average consumption is around 21 l/h. In the transport position, the shield can be folded back over the driver’s cab.

The BAT-M track-laying machine belongs to the class of engineering (road) machines and serves to overcome destruction and obstacles: it is designed for laying column tracks, backfilling funnels, ditches, trenches; devices for gentle descents on steep slopes; making passages in the rubble, laying clearings in the bush, undergrowth; clearing roads and column tracks from snow, clearing debris from buildings, fragments of ditches; can be used for extracting pits, trenches and shelters for equipment, lifting operations, backfilling dugouts assembled in the pit, shelters.

Country: USSR

Year: 1963

Engine: V-401 (diesel)

Crew: 2

Power: 415 HP

Max speed: 35 km/h

Range: 550 km

Weight: 27500 kg

Artillery Museum (Petrograd DistrictSt. Petersburg)

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