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Russia forms new military transport branch to deploy divisions

27 June 2017

Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 June the establishment of a new heavy transport branch to deploy entire armoured and mechanised divisions directly to battle locations over distances up to 1,000 km within 24 hours, using interchangeable crews, local media report.

New regiments, battalions, and independent companies are being formed equipped with multi-axle heavy wheeled transporters (MTKT), which require no preparation to become operational. Their main equipment is the 11-tonne, three-axle KAMAZ-65225 truck and trailer, which can haul up to 65 tonnes and handle all main battle tanks, self-propelled artillery, and infantry fighting vehicles.

The decision to form the units was taken at the end of last year.

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