During the the Romanian Defense Exhibition, Expomil 2007, the Rumanian Company UMB (Uzina Mecanica Bukuresti) presented for the first time a prototype of a new combat engineer armoured vehicle base on the chassis of the main battle tank TR-85M1, the DMT-85M1. In this version, the turret is removed from the chassis, and in the place, a combat compartment for engineer team is fitted in the centre of the chassis. During the Defence Exhibition at Bucharest, Expomil 2009, the Romanian Company UMB which developed, conceived and manufactured the engineer armoured vehicle DMT-85M1, presented the operational version of the DMT-85M1 and announced its delivery to the Romanian army.
For his self-protection the DMT-85M1 is equipped with a remote-controlled turret, which is handled from the interior of the vehicle. This remotely turret enables crew to fire under the protection of armour. The turret is armed with a 7.62 calibre machine gun. In addition to the machine-gun, the DMT-85M1 is equipped with 16 smoke grenade launcher, of which 10 are placed in front of the compartment of combat, and the 6 others on the left side. The remote-controlled turret is fitted on a circular support, on which are mounted three periscopes for day vision.
A rectangular crew compartment is mounted to the centre of the chassis. All the combat operations can be done by the engineer team from inside of the vehicle. The combat compartment and the hull provide to the crew a protection against the firing of small weapons and shell splinters of the battle field. To increase the safety of the vehicle, DMT-85M1 is equipped with laser warning receivers, which are able to pick up reflected laser radiation, so even if the tank is not illuminated but there are LRF/LD in the area, the crew will be warned. It is equipped with twelve smoke grenades and a thermal trap.
The suspension of the DMT-85M1 is composed on each side with 6 double road wheels and 4 track-return rollers, on each side of the chassis. The drive sprocket is mounted at the rear, and idler at the front. . The upper part of the suspension is protected with armour-plates. The DMT-85M1 is motorised with s powered by an 8VSA2T2 turbo-charged diesel with a maximum output of 610.46 kW at 2,300 rpm. The DMT-85M1 can run at a maximum speed on road of 60km/h, for a maximum range of 400 km.
A hydraulic 6.5-tonne crane is fitted on the right side of the roof of the hull. A system of mine clearance, produced by Pearson is assembled in front of the vehicle. It is composed of a blade bulldozer, and three large claws of mine clearance. The DMT-85M1 has also an automatic flags dispenser, one on each side of the vehicle, which allows the marking of the zones contaminated at the time of bacteriological war, chemical or nuclear.
One remotely controlled 7.62 mm calibre machine gun.
UMB Uzina Mecanica Bukuresti
NBC protection,add-on armour, automatic firing protection system, night camera display.
Protection against small arms calibre and shell splinters