Vehicle data sheet
BLG 60 bridge builder
Manufacturer: STAG Genthin, East Germany
|Type: Tracked||Weight: 36 t|
|Produced: 1969||Size: Length 9,8 m, Height 3 m|
|Number built: 200||Engine: Diesel, 580 HP|
|Crew: 2||Speed: 50 km/h|
This system is mounted ont he adapted chassis of a T55, where a launching unit replaces a combat turret.
The BLG- 60 armoured bridgelayer was a joint development between the former East Germany and Poland. The bridge is launched in a similar fashion to the Csechoslovakia MT-55. The BLG 60 and BLG 67 armoured bridgelayers were used by the East German Army and other countries.
The bridge initiating equipment is controlled by a system of hydraulic cylinders; the allocation of hydraulic oil can be controlled both manually by mechanical levers and automatically. The pressure of the liquid is provided by high-pressure piston pumps motorized by the tank engine. All mechanisms of the MT-55A used for laying and recovering of the bridge can be controlled by the crew from the inside of the tank, with hatch covers closed. To begin the launching process, the vehicle stops short of the gap; then, the bridge swings ahead and down while its two sections open like scissors.
The MT-55A span is 18 meters long and can hold up loads up to 50 tons. Later the MT-55A was modified with gap measuring mechanism and infrared equipment for bridge laying at darkness.