Engineering units of the Russian Armed Forces (RF Armed Forces), as part of a special exercise, for the first time raised a double-width pontoon bridge in order to transfer the grouping on the Oka River section in the Vladimir Region. This was announced on Thursday, July 29, by the press service of the Ministry of Defense.
The report notes that the pontoon subdivisions’ pontoon bridge guidance is the first experience in the vast world practice. The features of such a bridge are its double width and carrying capacity, which is estimated at 120 tons.
Thus, the carrying capacity of the crossing is doubled, which makes it possible for the movement of special and military equipment.
In addition, the units of the engineering troops ensured the crossing of the battery of the Yars mobile ground missile system of the Teikovsky missile formation of the Strategic Missile Forces. The subdivisions also equipped all types of crossings: amphibious with the involvement of the floating transporter PTS-2, ferry with the use of the pontoon bridge machine PMM-2M, as well as pavements from the pontoon parks PP-2005.
The safety of the bridge crossings was monitored by military police units that worked on modern boats, motor boats, while repelling the attack of sabotage groups of a conditional enemy.
At least 1.6 thousand servicemen and about 600 units of military and special equipment were involved in the exercises. The events were held under the leadership of Lieutenant General Yuri Stavitsky, Chief of the Engineering Troops of Russia.
The concept of the exercise is to test the combat readiness of the engineering troops with the testing of new ways of performing tasks. In parallel, the implementation of the experience gained in the framework of joint exercises with the Syrian military is under way.
The military exercises are being conducted in accordance with the preparation program for the West-2021 joint strategic exercise. The events are expected to take place at the polygons of the Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir, Kaliningrad, Leningrad, Voronezh and Moscow regions, and they will last until July 30.
The day before, on July 28, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu commented on the joint exercises of the military of Russia and Belarus “West-2021” and noted that the relevant measures are purely defensive in nature.
On July 21, it was reported that the first echelons with Russian servicemen and equipment had already left for Belarus to prepare for participation in the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces “West-2021”.
Earlier, on July 9, it became known that the Terminator tank support combat vehicles (BMPT) will be involved in the Zapad-2021 exercises. The Russian military, who are preparing to take the new vehicles into service, will need to assess how they will perform in various situations on the battlefield. The car will be checked on difficult terrain, in urban conditions, in the mountains, forests.
In addition, in August and September, units of the Russian armed forces will conduct joint exercises with the military of the republics of Central Asia – Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The series of exercises will end with the joint strategic maneuvers of the armed forces of the SCO countries – Peace Mission 2021.