New PMP-M mobile pontoon bridge enters in service with Russian army Eastern Military District TASS 10902172

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New PMP-M mobile pontoon bridge enters in service with Russian army Eastern Military District.
The PMP-M advanced floating bridge will be fielded to the combat engineer unit stationed in Russia’s Primorsky Territory, according to the Eastern Military District’s press office. The PMP-M is a modernized version of the PMP mobile pontoon bridge designed by the Soviet Union during World War II.
     
The PMP-M advanced floating bridge will be fielded to the combat engineer unit stationed in Russia’s Primorsky Territory, according to the Eastern Military District’s press office. The PMP-M is a modernized version of the PMP mobile pontoon bridge designed by the Soviet Union during World War II. Russian PMP-M mobile pontoon floating bridge at International Military Technical Forum near Moscow, June 2015.
     
"The upgraded system differs from its predecessor in having the straight deck of the ramps, a Savelyev hydrodynamic board set and a ferry lifting gear allowing the pontoon train to be used for crossing rivers with the fast stream. In addition, it includes devices for use during freeze-up and auxiliary equipment as well," the press release says.

The PMP-M can be operated with the stream’s speed standing at 3 m/s and sea state 2. The pontoon train is fit for launching a 60-ton float bridge in 30 min. for heavy vehicles, with its floor being 6.5 m wide and 227 m long. If a ferry is necessary, the PMP-M crew can assemble 16 40-ton ferries (one ferry per 7 min.) or four 170-ton ones measuring around 60 m. The PMP-M also includes towboats used for linking and separating pontoon bridges, hauling ferries, surveying wet gaps, operating crossing sites and running errands as needed.

Structures like the PMP-M both boost maneuverability and mobility of the troops and can be used on natural and man-made disaster relief operations, including large-scale floods.
     
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