Assault Bridges and Floating Bridges

MLC80 Crossing Bridge

CNIM Group designs and produces turnkey industrial solutions with high technological content and offers expertise, services and operating solutions in the fields of environment, energy, defence and industry.

CNIM is based on a stable family shareholding, guaranteeing its development and is listed on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris.

The company has 2,900 employees in 15 countries and generated sales of €727m in 2015. 61.3% of sales are from exports.

In the field of defence, CNIM provides major state and industrial players, both in France and abroad, with high-performance systems for the following:

  • Dissuasion: nuclear submarine missile launcher tubes, Laser MegaJoule simulation programme
  • Bridge layer systems: Modular Assault Bridge (PTA) and Motorised Floating Bridge (PFM)
  • Sea landing systems: L-CAT® amphibious landing craft

CNIM is a leader in the design and manufacture of fast deployment military bridges of all kinds, including assault, floating and logistic bridges and rafts.

Modular assault bridge (PTA)

The modular assault bridge developed by CNIM is currently the most innovative forward bridging system in the world. The system's originality resides in the fact that the length of the bridge can be adjusted, at the last moment, according to the width of the gap that has to be crossed.

The system is composed of two 14.3m sections, which can be deployed separately, or together to form a 26m long bridge.

The modular nature of the bridge ensures greater operational efficiency and also represents a more cost-effective solution since it makes it possible to reduce the size of the assault bridge fleet.

This bridging system is transported by a vehicle equipped with ten driving wheels, therefore offering the advantage of excellent mobility and lower ownership costs than caterpillar-tracked vehicles.

Motorised floating bridge (PFM)

PFM is a bridging system providing continuous and discontinuous crossing of wet gap for class MLC 80, including main battletanks, armoured vehicles or civilian vehicles. Extremely easy to use, PFM requires no additional equipment such as boats, cranes or earthmovers for its deployment, and a 100m-long bridge can be built in less than 30 minutes.

To best fit the army's needs, PFM has two configurations and can be set up as a bridge or a ferry due to its modular, autonomous and motorised sections.

It is an all-in-one product with no limitations in bridge length. The PFM has been in active service with the French army and several foreign armies, including the Swiss, Italian and Malaysian service for many years now.

Available White Papers


PFM Motorised Floating Bridge 24 August 2016 PFM: Motorised Floating Bridge with improved capacities.


L-CAT® High Speed Sea Connector for Amphibious Operations 25 November 2015 L-CAT has a safe loading capacity of 80t equivalent to 1MBT or 6APC and maximum speed of 18 knots loaded up to 30 knots light ship.


PTA Modular Assault Bridge 11 November 2015 Within the forward edge of battle, the modular assault bridge offers crossing support for a raid of tanks and a fast restoration of tactical routes.


L-CAT® 14 October 2015 L-CAT is a rapid and innovative landing craft that meets all NATO requirements for well decks. Its large autonomy makes it the ideal sea base connector for modern 'over the horizon' amphibious operations.

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