Ukraine to Receive 16 Biber Bridge-Layer Tanks from Germany, 6 of Th​em by the End of This Year

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German BIBER bridge-layer tank / Photo credit: Ministry of Defense of Germany
German BIBER bridge-layer tank / Photo credit: Ministry of Defense of Germany

Germany will deliver 16 BIBER bridge-layer tanks to Armed Forces of Ukraine

The German defense ministry said on Friday, July 29, The Guardian reports.

Ukraine to Receive 16 Biber Bridge-Layer Tanks from Germany, 6 of Them by the End of This Year, Defense Express
Construction of a rapid armored bridge during an information training exercise

The BIBER will enable Ukrainian troops to cross waters or obstacles in combat.

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The delivery of the first six systems will take place this year, starting in autumn. Ten more systems will follow next year,” The German defense ministry said in a statement.

Ukraine to Receive 16 Biber Bridge-Layer Tanks from Germany, 6 of Them by the End of This Year, Defense Express

The bridge-laying tank with the eponymous rapid tank bridge Biber is intended to overcome cuts in terrain such as bodies of water and gorges up to 20 meters wide in combat, depending on the nature of the terrain.

The rapid armored bridge is 22 meters long, 4 meters wide and can be laid out under armor protection within 2 to 3 minutes. Their weight is about 9.94 tons. The design is approved for the military load class (MLC) 60 or up to about 55 tons. The crew consists of two soldiers, the driver and the commander. The bridge-layer is unarmed, but has a smoke device.

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