Definition: A number representative of the load carrying capacity of gap-crossing equipment (e.g. bridges, rafts) and the effect produced by a military vehicle crossing over a bridge: MLC = f(vehicle weight, vehicle geometry (e.g. length, width)). Purpose: Used to assess the capability of a military vehicle to use gap-crossing equipment without damaging it: Enables User to determine required gap-crossing equipment to support a particular mission; Helps to improve safe use of bridges and other gap-crossing equipment. MLC of military vehicle, bridge marked in accordance with NATO Standard AEP-188.8.131.52.