BAE Systems Land (UK) has announced at DSEI that it has teamed with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for part of the UK MoD Project Tyro, which is the replacement for the current BR90 bridging system deployed by the Royal Engineers.
The new Modular Bridging System (MBS) bridge panels will be manufactured by GDELS in Germany and shipped to BAE Systems for assembly and testing.
According to BAE Systems, the new bridges, designed to carry heavy vehicles over long spans, are in the final stages of test and evaluation. The MBS is fully compatible with the British Army’s existing bridging vehicles, which include the Unipower (8x8) platform.
If BAE Systems wins Project Tyro, these vehicles would be upgraded and rebuilt at its Telford facility.
The MBS will provide the Royal Engineers with unrestricted gap-crossing capability for both close support (assault) and general support (tactical) bridging roles. It has been designed to carry the latest generation of tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles across wet and dry gaps exceeding 60m, and will be compatible with the Royal Engineers’ Titan armoured vehicle launched bridge, which can lay a bridge in under two minutes with the crew under full armour protection.
Also competing for Project Tyro is Williams Fairey Engineering Limite (now owned by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann of Germany) with a down select and winner due to be announced in 2018.