Aircraft tow tractor demonstration held at Domodedovo airport

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19 December 2018 – An airfield tractor built on the basis of an armored repair and recovery vehicle (BREM-1) has been shown at Domodedovo Airport for the first time. The tractor towed a long-haul IL-62 aircraft in severe weather conditions. The special version of the BREM-1 had been manufactured and supplied to Domodedovo by Uralvagonzavod research and production corporation, which is part of Rostec.

The machine is a civilian version of a military tractor based on the T-72 tank. It has been adapted for use at the airport. In emergency situations, the tractor can move an aircraft of any size. It can be used for relocation work that requires a pull force of up to 120 tons.

In addition, the tractor can create an exit path on any surface. The machine can increase the speed and efficiency of operations when aircraft roll off the runway or taxiway, as well as when there is damage to the aircraft’s chassis. Domodedovo is the first airport in Russia to acquire a civilian version of the BREM-1.

“The use of an adapted version of the BREM-1 for the evacuation and towing of aircraft of any type is a successful example of defence conversion. We are confident that the machine will give long and reliable service at Domodedovo Airport,” said Sergei Abramov, industrial director of State Corporation Rostec. “Rostec sees significant export potential for the civilian BREM-1. Given the increase in the global wide-body aircraft fleet in the next ten years, large aviation hubs will need equipment that can quickly evacuate or tow a heavy airliner in case of emergency.”

The armoured repair and recovery vehicle (BREM-1) weighs 41 tons and is equipped with a full-swing jib crane with a maximum carrying capacity of 12 tons and a loading platform to accommodate containers with tools, accessories and spare parts. In addition, the machine has electric welding equipment for cutting and welding steel.

Rostec continues to implement its large-scale Armament Cluster development program in accordance with the approved strategy, the main objectives of which are annual growth of revenue by an average of 17% in ruble terms through 2025, as well as improved operational efficiency and access to global markets.



Rostec is a Russian State Corporation established in 2007 to promote the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products designed for civil and military applications. The Corporation comprises over 700 organisations that are currently part of eleven holding companies operating in the military-industrial complex and three holding companies working in the civilian industry, as well as over 80 directly managed organisations. Rostec’s portfolio includes well-known brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO AVISMA, UralVagonZavod, etc. Rostec companies are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply products to more than 100 countries. The consolidated revenue of Rostec in 2017 amounted to 1 trillion 589 billion rubles, while the consolidated net income and EBITDA amounted to 121 and 305 billion rubles, correspondingly. In 2017 the average salary in the Corporation was 46.8 thousand rubles. According to Rostec’s strategy, the main objective of the Corporation is to ensure that Russia has a technological advantage in highly competitive global markets. Rostec’s key objectives include the introduction of a new techno-economic paradigm and digitalisation of the Russian economy.