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MTU-72  
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Origin: Russia
Corporations: Uralvagonzavod production association
Parent System: MTU-72
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Description: The MTU-72 is 40-ton class bridge layer vehicle derived from the proven T-72 Main Battle Tank (MBT) and intended to support the offensive operations and the advance of heavy armored fighting units on the battlefield. Powered by a four-stroke multi-fuel diesel V-84MS engine developing 840-hp achieves a top speed of 60 kilometers per hour and has a maximum range of 500 kilometers on road. The MTU-72 has been designed to transport and lay a folding bridge over ditches, canals, and narrow rivers. Laying and recovering bridge operations can be done by the crew of two-man without leaving the armored cab.

The MTU-72 bridge layer vehicle retains mobility and protection characteristics of the T-72 MBT. Equipped with a snorkel it can cross water obstacles of up to 4.5 meters depth over distances of 1,000 meters. The 6-ton single-span, tread bridge system is 20 meters long and has been designed to allow 50-ton class vehicles to cross gaps of up to 18 meters or 36 meters using two bridges. It entered service with the Russian Army in the 1990s.

MTU-72 Specifications

Crew: 2
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 6
Dimensions
Bridge Length: 20 meter
Bridge Roadway Width: 3.30 meter
Height: 3.38 meter (133 inch)
Length: 11.6 meter (458 inch)
Width: 3.46 meter (136 inch)
Performance
Bridge Covered Gap Length: 18 meter
Fording Depth: 4.50 meter (177 inch)
Fording Distance: 1,000 meter
Max Range: 500 kilometer (311 mile)
Speed
Top Speed: 60 kph (37.3 mph)
Time
Bridge Recovery Time: 8 minute
Bridge-Laying Time: 3 minute
Weight
Bridge Traffic Load: 50 ton
Bridge Weight: 6,400 kilogram
Max Weight: 40 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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