Land Platforms

Eurosatory 2018: GDELS develops new bridging system

15 June 2018

A Piranha 3 fitted with the Variable Folding Bridge. (Christopher F Foss)A Piranha 3 fitted with the Variable Folding Bridge. (Christopher F Foss)General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has teamed with Pearson Engineering to develop the Variable Folding Bridge (VFB).

The first example shown at the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition is based on the widely used 8×8 GDELS-MOWAG Piranha 3 armoured personnel carrier (APC) platform.

The VFB can be integrated on other tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) to provide units with a rapid gap crossing capability.

The system is fitted with the Bridge Launching Mechanism (BLM) and Jettison Fitting Kit (JFK) developed by Pearson Engineering.

The scissors type bridge is constructed from aluminium and is rated to Military Load Class 50 (MLC 50).

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