As Assad’s Army converges on Der ez-Zor Russia sends pontoon equipment to help cross Euphrates

Russia has started deployment of equipment to help Assad’s army battling for Deir ez-Zor cross Euphrates River, writes Russian newspaper Vestnik Mordovii (Messenger of Mordovia).

A batch of PMM-2M self-propelled ferries has been delivered to Khmeimim airbase in Syria.

The ferries are intended for transportation of tanks, self-propelled artillery and other non-amphibious vehicles. The ferries are highly mobile and can reach speed of up to 55 km/h over terrain and 11 km/h on water. It can transport the weight of up to 42.5 tons. Its driving range is 500 kilometers. It can be deployed in as little as 10 minutes.

The newspaper also reports the arrival in Syria of the newest Russian pontoon bridge PP-2005 which has so far been used by Russia only during the military exercises. The bridge must be transported by 42 trucks and it can reach up to 268 meters in length and carry 120 tons of weight.

  Syria, Russia, Der ez-Zor