About Safe Route contest

Russian Defence Ministry
Li Jiayao


Team leader Combat engineering unit: officer (detachment commander), engineers (NCOs and enlisted personnel) – 5 persons

TMM heavy mechanized bridge crew – 5 persons (including 1 officer)

BAT track layer crew – 2 persons

IMR combat engineer vehicle crew – 2 persons

Coaching group – 2 persons

Maintenance crew – 2 persons

Support crew – 3 persons


1. Ford reconnaissance by engineering reconnaissance patrol (section, crew).

2. Anti-personnel mines clearance by etching method and minefields detection.

3. Assemblage of the mechanized bridge from the TMM set.

4. Removing of anti-tank hedgehogs and installation of an overflow pipe by BAT track layer.

5. Passage making by engineer vehicle (IMR).


TMM-3 heavy mechanized bridge.

BAT track layer.

IMR-2 combat engineer vehicle.

VSM-1 mine-laying system

OVR-2 mine-clearance set

IMP-S mine detector

TM-62 antitank mine

The ford should be 8 m wide, 30 m long and 1 m deep. The column stops 10 m from the ford, the place of stop is marked by the anti-tank hedgehog. After the armored personnel carrier (APS) stops, the squad dismounts and removes the anti-tank (AT) hedgehog. Four AT mines are detected in the ford. The team should mark the ford with markers, prepared by the organizers of the competition in advance. After the destruction of the mines, the squad leader commands to put together engineer munition, to place ford markers to mount the APC and he reports to the command post using communication means that the task has been performed.

A sector of remotely deliverable anti-personnel minefield (RDM) is laid (the width of the minefield is 30m and the depth is 30m) using helicopter mining system. The boundaries of the minefield sector are marked. Two POM-2 anti-tank mines and four PMN-2 anti-personnel mines are laid in the sector of RDM. Having approached to the minefield borders, two engineers throw cats with ropes along an axis of the planned pass and treat a site of a minefield (15m depth on the right, 12m depth on the left). Then all 4 engineers with mine detectors move with an interval of 1,5m and make a pass (6 m width and 30m depth). Detachment commander moves behind the engineers inspecting the quality of mine clearance and directing the actions of the unit. The detected anti-personnel mines are simultaneously destroyed by the order of the squad leader after finishing the reconnaissance using ZTP-50 and training TMT block. The personnel must be behind the armored personnel carrier when ZTP-50 is fired.

The anti-tank ditch 6m wide, 40m long and 1.6m deep is dug. After negotiating the remotely deliverable minefield the APC moves to the right and stops. The counterobstacle vehicle must be behind the APC. The first truck of the HMB (TMM) travels to the place of the organization of the bridge crossing and emplaces the bridge construction by the order of the movement support detachment commander. Having assembled the bridge span, the first HMB truck occupies the place behind the APC. The second, third and fourth HMB trucks emplace bridge spans and form a column. Having emplaced the bridge, the HMB crew puts boundary markers and road signs (the load bearing capacity of the bridge and speed) in the places prepared in advance.

Obstacle: six craters with a depth of 1 m, diameter 6 m. (for task execution, bulldozer equipment of the BAT is operated). Task for the crew of BAT-2: to recover a road part for column moving. Length – 50 m. Crew of BAT at the command of the commander of the OOD start moving to the obstacle (six craters). Turn the working assemble of the bulldozer from the transport position into the working one. The servicemen are to back fill the craters by bulldozer equipment.

A log barrier is installed (to carry out the mission using the telescopic arms of the IMR counterobstacle vehicle). The places of log barriers are marked. Anti-tank ditch 2m wide and 2.5m deep is dug. The barrier is made (to carry out the mission using bulldozer equipment of the IMR counetrobstacle vehicle). The places of barriers are marked. The driver occupies his place and monitors the information of testing and measuring devices. The boundaries of the site, used to carry out the mission, are marked with boundary markers. The hatches of the vehicles are closed. The competitors remove wooden poles one by one using crane boom to the right road shoulder onto a special site having standard dimensions, prepared in advance. Then they should put the poles on each other (distance between markers of the site 40 cm). The competitors using crane booms remove ferro-concrete pipes to the left road shoulder and put them into the borehole, prepared in advance and finally set the crane booms into the travelling position and fix them. Then the crew moves to the place of organization of the pass over the antitank ditch, prepares the bulldozer equipment and carries out the mission. After overcoming anti-tank ditch, the crew of the IMR counterobstacle vehicle makes the lane in the tree barrier (burning) at maximum speed by the order of the movement support detachment commander. Engineer reconnaissance patrol on the APC simultaneously follows the counterobstacle vehicle along the lane and forms a column at the finish line. RESULTS The winners and the prize-winners are determined by the decision of the panel of judges by the best time results that the teams have shown during the relay race, with drawing up a rating list and record of the results of the competition. AWARDING The awarding of the winners and prize-winners by cups and medals is held in solemn atmosphere, during the award ceremony, after all the rounds are completed and after the judge confirm the final record of the rounds.


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