FV180 C.E.T.

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Starting bid: 10,000.00

Buyer’s premium 16.5 % of the hammer price and VAT according General Conditions
Location: Wichita KS USA
Year of production: unkown
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer:Royal Ordnance Factory, Nottingham
Type: FV180 C.E.T.
General condition: Engine runs only on idling and hydraulic system works, needs maintenance
Estimated Price: € 25.000 and € 35.000

Movie: FV180 C.E.T.

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Auction starting April 19, 2024 12:00 am


This CET is like a Swiss pocket knife with tracks. Being armored, tracked and amphibious it will go almost everywhere. The CET is fitted with a large earth-moving bucket (4-tonnes) at the rear and a rocket-propelled anchor (!) on a 100-meter hawser and an 8-tonnes winch fitted to the front.

This might be just the perfect vehicle for some serious earthworks around you property earthworks such as bridge preparation, constructing earthen barriers, repairing roads, preparing riverbanks and clearing obstacles.

Overhauld by the M.O.D. in UK and stood some time still but has been made running in March 2024.

  • Was overhauled by MOD engine only has 122 hours.
  • Engine runs only on idling has a fuelpump issue.
  • Has to be started with starting fuild, (fuelpump issue)
  • Steering not checked
  • Unable to check if brakes work (work on compresed air)
  • Has no batteries
  • Hydraulic system works, to operate dozer.
  • needs maintenance.


The Combat Engineer Tractor (CET), which entered service in 1977, is a versatile tracked AFV that can clear obstacles, dig pits, prepare barriers and recover other vehicles that become stuck or damaged. In short, it is an armored vehicle that can assist in a variety of engineer battlefield tasks, and has an impressive amphibious capability.
The two crew sit in tandem positions on the left hand side of the vehicle, each with a set of driving controls facing opposite directions. A large earthmoving bucket is fitted at the rear of the vehicle and a rocket-propelled anchor on a 100m hawser attached to an 8 ton winch can be fitted to the front. When operated from the rear seat the bucket is used for earth moving; clearing obstacles, paths or digging tank or gun pits and anti-tank ditches. When operated from the front-facing seat it can be driven on the road, and the anchor can be used to pull the CET up steep obstacles such as riverbanks. The winch rope can be deployed to the front or the rear of the vehicle with a maximum pull of 8 ton in both configurations.
The vehicle is NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) proofed and has an air filtration unit, supplying clean air to the crew when operating with the crew hatches closed down in a contaminated environment. The NBC air system is also used to inflate the buoyancy aids required to trim the vehicle when swimming.
An Auxiliary Lifting Attachment (ALA) – a davit with a winch rope roller – fitted to the inside of the earthmoving bucket was used for lifting loads of up to 4 ton. Loads such as Medium Girder Bridge pallets could be lifted vertically to a height of 1.8m. This then allowed a cargo vehicle to back under the suspended load.
The amphibious propulsion is provided by two Dowty water impellers, one mounted on each side of the vehicle and controlled by the commander in the rear seat facing forwards. The water jets are used to steer the vehicle when swimming, this is with the use of movable cowls directing the flow of water.
India has 39 x CET in service and Singapore is believed to have 18.


Manufacturer Royal Ordnance Factory, Nottingham
Model FV180 C.E.T.
Manufacturing date Unknown
Serial number 0890-0740/23-FD-46
Length 24 ft 9 in (7,54 m)
Width 9 ft 8 in (2,94 m)
Height (top up) 8 ft 9 in (2,67 m)
Height (top down) n/a
Weight 38.580 lb (17.500 kg)
Max. speed (land) 35 mph (56 km/h)
Max. speed (water) 9,2 mph (15 km/h)
Operational range 300 mi (480 km)
Main armament n/a
Secondary armamant n/a
Engine Rolls-Royce C6TFR, diesel, 320 hp
Crew 2
Armor Honeycombed twin skin aluminium alloy
Production numbers Unknown

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