WFEL to provide bridging systems to Swiss Armed Forces

1 January 2014 (Last Updated January 1st, 2014 18:30)

WFEL has been awarded a contract to deliver a further tranche of latest generation dry support bridge (DSB) to the Swiss armed forces.

DSB

WFEL has been awarded a contract to deliver a further tranche of latest generation dry support bridge (DSB) to the Swiss armed forces.

Under the £37m contract, WFEL will deliver DSBs to armasuisse, the procurement agency for the Swiss Armed Forces, from now until the end of 2016.

The contract follows previously awarded £57m order to the company in December 2011 to supply DSBs to the Swiss armed forces.

The DSB will be fitted to the chassis of the specialist IVECO trucks used by the Swiss armed forces.

WFEL chief executive Ian Wilson said that the DSB is an advanced, next-generation system designed to deploy rapidly by soldiers.

"This is a landmark order and further endorsement of our dry support bridge and its unique capabilities in both military and disaster relief operations," Wilson said.

"It continues to generate interest from armed forces across the world looking to invest in bridging assets for use on combat operations and during national emergencies and disasters."

"It continues to generate interest from armed forces across the world looking to invest in bridging assets for use on combat operations."

Considered to be one of the most advanced rapidly-deployable military bridging systems, the DSB can be deployed in 90 minutes by just eight soldiers and spans a gap of up to 46m.

Manufactured by WFEL Stockport site in the UK, the bridge system, the DSB is also deployed by the US armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and is held in inventory by Turkey.

Designed for both military and civilian operations, the system has a military load classification of 120.

The contract scope also includes specially-designed walkways to allow simultaneous vehicle and foot crossings for the Swiss armed forces.


Image: a WFEL-built dry support bridge. Photo: copyright of WFEL.

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