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Armored bridgelayer

MT-64 (MTU-64)

The MT-64 bridgelayer is a conversion of the T-64 main battle tank

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (with bridge) ~ 40 t
Length ~ 12 m
Hull length ~ 7 m
Width ~ 3.3 m
Height ~ 3.4 m
Bridge
Load class MLC 50
Bridge payload 50 t
Spanned gap 24 m
Bridge length (single span) 26 m
Bridge length (multi-span) ?
Bridge payload 50 t
Construction time 2 minutes
Mobility
Engine 5TDF diesel
Engine power 700 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.7 m
Fording 1.4 m
Fording (with preparation) ?

 

   The MT-64 armored bridgelayer was developed by Ukrainian Malyshev tank repair plant as a private venture. It is also referred as MTU-64. It is likely that this machine was developed specially for export. It seems that as of 2014 only one prototype exists.

   This armored bridgelayer was developed to support fleet a of T-64 main battle tanks. It can launch an assault bridge for tanks and other military vehicles across trenches and water obstacles.

   Ukrspetsexport, a Ukrainian state-owned arms trading company offers surplus tanks for export customers from army stocks. Ukrainian Army has about 2 200 T-64 main battle tanks. These tanks were inherited from the Soviet Army. Many of these surplus tanks are kept in storage. During the last couple of years a number of T-64 conversions were developed and are being proposed for export. The same plant also developed a BREM-64 armored recovery vehicle, based on the T-64A.

   This armored vehicle is based on refurbished hull of the T-64A MBT. A basic conversion includes removal of the turret and installation of bridge launching mechanism.

   It uses the same scissor-type bridge as the MT-55A armored bridgelayer. It is MLC 50 class bridge with a load capacity of 50 t. The bridge is 26 m long and 3.3 m wide. It can span a gap up to 24 m. It provides passage for tracked or wheeled vehicles.

   The main drawback of all scissor-type bridges is that launching process can be spotted from a distance. So it is harder to launch a surprise attack.

   Protection of the MT-64 is similar to that of the T-64 main battle tank. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   Prototype of the MT-64 carries no defensive armament.

   Vehicle is operated by a crew of two, including commander (bridge operator) and driver. All bridge launching and retrieving process is controlled completely under armor, without leaving the vehicle. The bridge is launched or retrieved within 2 minutes. It can be retrieved from either end.

   The MT-64 is likely to be powered by a 5TDF turbocharged diesel engine, developing 700 hp. This engine has compact dimensions due to its opposed design, but it is notoriously unreliable.

 

 
MT-64 (MTU-64)

MT-64 (MTU-64)

MT-64 (MTU-64)

MT-64 (MTU-64)

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