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Opposing force's (OPFOR's) MTK-2. (CTC Notes: National Training Center).

As the National Training Center (NTC) continues to implement the contemporary operational environment, the OPFOR will adjust its equipment inventory to better match threat capabilities. The MTK-2, the latest addition to the engineer inventory, provides the OPFOR with an explosive reduction capability that greatly enhances its flexibility across the battlespace. Though there are several sources that differ in their descriptions of the MTK-2, the NTC based its system on TRADOC's worldwide equipment guide and implemented an addition to NTC's rules of engagement (ROE).


Based on the 2S1 self-propelled howitzer chassis, the MTK-2 has a turret-like superstructure that contains three UR-77 rockets on launch ramps. The range of the rockets is about 200 to 400 meters. Each rocket is connected via a towing line to 170 meters of mine clearance hose that is stowed folded in the uncovered base of the turret on the vehicle roof. The hose, with pressure fuses, is command-detonated to clear a path up 140 meters long and 6 meters wide through minefields. The MTK-2 is capable of operating in a nuclear, biological, and chemical environment and has good cross-country capability.


The visual modification (VISMOD) of the MTK-2 is built up on an M113 chassis and includes the launching tubes and Smokey Sam rail. The organic OPFOR engineers, the 58th Engineer Company, configured three MTK-2 VISMODs. The MTK-2 will fight as a component of the movement support detachment for offensive missions. It will use the Multiple Integrated Laser-Engagement System (MILES) II.


The MTK-2 is a similar vehicle to the U.S. Army armored vehicle-launched mine-clearing line charge (MICLIC) (AVLM); therefore, the OPFOR will simulate reduction with the MTK-2 using the same procedures as for the AVLM.

For each charge, 100 x 7 meters are allowed. The tank commander (or third crew member) will dismount from the vehicle and walk the vehicle through the minefield. An observer/controller will remove mines as the tank commander encounters them (only the mines directly in front of the vehicle to create a 7- by 100-meter lane).

The OPFOR will not transport an engineer squad in the MTK-2 VISMOD during offensive operations, nor will the vehicle be used in conjunction with the obstacle detachment.

The points of contact (POCs) for OPFOR engineer issues are CPT Tom Nelson (Red Devil 6), e-mail and SFC Gary Smith (SW09), DSN 380-5151 or e-mail
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Author:Captain Nelson, Thomas F.; Sergeant First Class Smith, Gary A.
Publication:Engineer: The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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