The present-day combined arms battlefield has evolved to become increasingly demanding, as far as fast concentration of assets on the main axis of advance is concerned. Meanwhile, water and terrain barriers and obstructions exert a significant delaying effect on force projection, thus impeding the success of military operations in general. Therefore, in Russia a large family of engineering vehicles, specifically designed to effectively surmount various obstacles was developed. All equipment was made by one and the same design bureau, which maximized vehicles’ commonality in terms of fixtures and couplings, thus adding to their battlefield interoperability.
One of the best examples offered by Rosoboronexport is the MTU-90M armored vehicle launched bridge that can span a ditch, ravine or other gaps of up to 19 m. Boasting an armor protection comparable with that of main battle tanks, MTU-90M is used to lay single-span bridges during the battle in the face of enemy fire. Bridge removal is possible from both sides of the obstruction.
When bridging gaps with spans up to 40 m on forces deployment routes, the MMK mechanized bridge layer is used. The system includes vehicles to transport bridge elements and an assembly vehicle. The bridge is deployed by pushing elements along the level rail with their subsequent interconnection. MMK elements can be combined to launch bridges of 16, 22, 28, 34 and 41 m.