FV4003 Centurion AVRE 165

Centurion AVRE 165, Gulf War configuration

This vehicle was designed as a replacement for the Churchill VII AVRE. It underwent user trials in 1962 and started entering service in 1963. It last saw service in the Gulf War. The main armament was an Ordnance BL 165 mm (6.5 inch) AVRE L9A1 gun firing a 64 lb demolition projectile at distances up to 2000 yards. The dozer blade was the same as that of the Centurion Mk 5 dozer, FV4019. Above and just behind the dozer blade was a cradle for a fascine.

The first four photographs in the body of this page are of a standard configuration AVRE 165. The other pictures show a restored vehicle photographed at the War and Peace Show 2002. This vehicle is in the configuration used in the Gulf War. It lacks a fascine cradle and has additional armour.



WW1 - 1925
(pre-GS 'A' number designations)

1925 - 1945 non-a numbered (named only) vehicles

General Staff A-Number List 1925-1945 

Post 1945 FV Numbers

Post WW2 vehicle with no FV number

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