Military exercise Caucasus 2016 with Russian armed forces tested latest river crossing equipment.

At the recent Caucasus 2016 exercise, the Russian Armed Forces tested the latest river crossing equipment, according to the Izvestia daily. During the crossing of the Don River by tank and infantry units, the Defense Ministry tested the unique BMK towboat designed to tow ferries and reconnoiter water bodies for setting up bridge or ferry crossing sites.

The Defense Ministry has reported that a 600-m-long float bridge was deployed as part of the maneuvers in the Prudboi Training Area near Volgograd, with the troops to be able to cross the Don without preparations. The maneuver was supported by two advanced BMK pontoon boats from the Volga Shipyard (VSSZ) and KAMPO JSC. The military has not ordered such equipment for over 20 years.
The Defense Ministry explained that the new towboats supported the linking of the units of pontoon bridges. The BMK features high transportability (it has to fit the bed of the KamAZ truck) and high throttle response with the minimal weight and draught, which affords it maneuverability in the shallows and in the face of broken ice.

The BMK looks like an ordinary outboard with a two-person cabin. At less than 8 m long and a weight of a bit more than 3.5 tons, the towboat can for 11 hours tow pontoons and fix them in position or carry four troops and small cargo. Mention should be made that it has passed the preliminary tests and Exercise Caucasus 2016 has shown how the BMK performs in battle.
According to KAMPO Spokeswoman Ulyana Zakharova, the BMK was conceived as a means of motorizing all pontoon trains in the combat engineers’ inventory – from the combined-arms ones (PMP, PMP-M, PP-91, PP-2005) to special ones (PPS-84). Its characteristics enable it to replace any previous-generation BMK.

Defense Ministry has reported that a 600-m-long float bridge was deployed as part of the maneuvers in the Prudboi Training Area near Volgograd, with the troops to be able to cross the Don without preparations. The maneuver was supported by two advanced BMK pontoon boats from the Volga Shipyard (VSSZ) and KAMPO JSC. The military has not ordered such equipment for over 20 years.
The Defense Ministry explained that the new towboats supported the linking of the units of pontoon bridges. The BMK features high transportability (it has to fit the bed of the KamAZ truck) and high throttle response with the minimal weight and draught, which affords it maneuverability in the shallows and in the face of broken ice.

The BMK looks like an ordinary outboard with a two-person cabin. At less than 8 m long and a weight of a bit more than 3.5 tons, the towboat can for 11 hours tow pontoons and fix them in position or carry four troops and small cargo. Mention should be made that it has passed the preliminary tests and Exercise Caucasus 2016 has shown how the BMK performs in battle.
According to KAMPO Spokeswoman Ulyana Zakharova, the BMK was conceived as a means of motorizing all pontoon trains in the combat engineers’ inventory – from the combined-arms ones (PMP, PMP-M, PP-91, PP-2005) to special ones (PPS-84). Its characteristics enable it to replace any previous-generation BMK.

Source: armyrecognition.com

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