CHESHIRE (United Kingdom), March 07, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by WFEL
On 6th March, WFEL, the established world leader in design, manufacturing, and supply of rapidly-deployable tactical military bridging, announced that they have completed the first delivery of bridges for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the Land 155 Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Project. This part of the Project covers the supply of Medium Girder Bridges (MGBs) and Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) and involves some of the first configurations of the DSB launching vehicle on a fully-armoured Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicle (RMMV) 45m 10 x 10 chassis.
“WFEL’s long-standing relationship with the Australian Defence Force began over 30 years ago, when they chose our Medium Girder Bridges. We are delighted to continue to support them today, this time not only with further MGBs, but with a significant capability enhancement through the purchase of the latest mechanised DSB. The adoption of the DSB not only provides the ADF’s Manoeuvre Commanders with the ability to cross significant wet or dry gaps quickly and efficiently, it allows a level of inter-operability with an ever-growing user base.
This significant and growing installed base of DSB equipment, allied to our fully-operational production line, ensures that WFEL’s customers have a high level of confidence not only in our products but also in our continued through-life support and spares availability,” said the Chief Executive of WFEL – Mr. Wilson in relation to this milestone of the Project.
The bearing capacity of the DSBs is over 120 tonnes. They may be launched within 90 minutes by only eight persons.
The supplied MGBs are double-storied, link-reinforced and may span up to 49m. Additional portable Pier and Span equipment is foreseen for them for possible construction of bridges of up to 76m.
Both bridging systems are intended as temporary infrastructure for the needs of the ADF’s Combat Support and Disaster Relief operations and are supplied with walkways that allow separation of pedestrian and vehicle traffic flows.
The Land 155 Project is expected to be completed by September 2018.