Airing some full scale stuff at Arsenalen museum
Yesterday was a Bring-out-the-vehicles day at Arsenalen military vehicle museum just outside the town of Strängnäs, Sweden. I try to be around a bit to volunteer for the activities as there are not many actually hired staff to keep the museum and its collection running.
Normally we have a Pbv 302 and Bv 206 running for visitors to take tours in. The Pbv 302 went fine all morning but was swapped for the American M 113 as we had some technical malfunction later on. This specific M113 is a petrol one and was brought to Sweden in the 1960s for some trials.
Aired vehicles this time was the Strv 104, Centurion to the rest of you guys, a former East German MT-LB, in Sweden called Bgbv 4012 and did service as a light tracked mechanics work shop. After the German unification Sweden bought some former East German vehicles as they were up for sale. A quite agricultural tractor from Volvo MB pulled a trailer. Thousands of tractors were used in the armed forces to pull anything from bicycle mounted infantry to artillery pieces. They were easy to drive and maintain, fairly rugged and had power enough to do what they were supposed to do. A privately owned Jeep formerly used by the Air force pulled a missile trailer loaded with some Sidewinder A2A missiles. A BK 90 stand-off submunitions dispenser was also loaded on the trailer. The weirdest vehicle may have been the Artilleritraktor m/28, Artillery tractor, a slow but very strong vehicle making a lot of noice. This is one of two surviving examples and the only restored one. The other is in original condition but not in working order.
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