The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken delivery of the first tranche of WFEL’s rapidly deployable military bridges, including an undisclosed number of Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) and Medium Girder Bridges (MGBs) as part of the Land 155 Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Project for the Australian Army (AA).
The first tranche includes some of the first deliveries of the DSB-launching vehicle, which is configured on a fully armoured Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicle 10x10 chassis, the UK-based company announced in a 6 March statement. Previous versions of DSB-launching vehicles have been configured on Oshkosh and Iveco vehicles.
The DSBs, capable of carrying over 120 tonnes and spanning wet or dry gaps of up to 46 m, were delivered following extensive trials at the United Kingdom’s Millbrook Proving Ground designed to verify the system’s off-and on-road capability.
Also supplied were the company’s double-storey, link-reinforced MGB systems that can span up to 49 m and will be supplemented by additional portable Pier and Span equipment, allowing bridges of up to 76 m to be constructed.
As the bridges provide temporary infrastructure and will be used in the ADF’s combat support and disaster relief operations, both the DSB and MGB bridging systems are being delivered with walkways to allow the separation of vehicular traffic from pedestrians, the company said.
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