Focus on the Polish Motorized Floating Bridge

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CNIM Systèmes Industriels has been awarded a contract to equip the Polish Army with the latest generation of wet gap crossing capabilities.

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Poland has signed a framework agreement for CNIM Systèmes Industriels motorized floating bridges in mid-2022, and in August a first execution contract was concluded.

The framework contract signed with the Polish Army specifies a typical PFM set as a hundred-meter bridge or two fifty-meter ferries, along with the necessary vehicles and semi-trailers and logistic support system.

The deliveries of the first two sets of PFM for the Polish Army are scheduled for mid-2025. Meanwhile more sets are to ordered on a regular basis, to be delivered after 2025.

Motorized Floating Bridge
Photo. CNIM Systèmes Industriels

The Motorized Floating Bridge, a Major Asset for the Mobility of the Polish Tactical Units

The latest version of the Motorized Floating Bridge, to be delivered to the Polish forces by 2025, has state-of-the-art tactical and technical capabilities.

Transported by a combination of a 6x6 tractor and a motorized trailer, it adapts to the customer's needs and offers all-terrain mobility: mud, steep, slope...

Thanks to the outboard motors integrated into the modules and the locking systems, the PFM can be deployed easily. On average, less than 30 minutes are required to deploy 100 metres of bridge in any bank condition. In an area where the individual modules can be launched in parallel, the construction time can be reduced to 15 minutes.

In addition, the rigidity of the bridge ensures that troops can cross quickly and safely. The PFM therefore allows the passage of a continuous flow of more than 200 vehicles per hour, day and night, regardless of the weather conditions.

A VAB APC and a Caesar howitzer on a ferry created using PFM
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The Motorized Floating Bridge, an unmatched crossing capability for the Polish Armed Forces

The Motorized Floating Bridge provides a fast and safe crossing for logistic vehicles, battle tanks of all classes and other combat vehicles including:

I. Tanks:

  • Abrams family: SEPv2, SEPv3, including with additional hardware and equipment,
  • T family: T72M1 (including with modifications), PT91, foreign variants of the T families,
  • Leopard family: 2A4, 2A5, 2PL,
  • K family: K2, K2PL,

II. Support vehicles based on heavy tracked and wheeled platforms, e.g. M88A2... A3 armored recovery vehicles, future Cayman armored recovery vehicles, armored engineering vehicles, assault bridges,

III. artillery: 155mm howitzers (Krab, K9, K9PL), 152mm DANA-T howitzers, 122mm Goździk-T, rocket artillery of all classes, air and missile defense systems, 120mm RAK mortars, and lighter fire systems with associated systems.

In particular, the Motorized Floating Bridge will ensure the safe crossing of the heaviest version of the Abrams tank (SEPv3), soon to equip the Polish forces.

A sponsored article, partner of publication: CNIM Systèmes Industriels