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Exhibiting in the UK Pavilion at IDEF in Istanbul this week, bridging specialist WFEL will be focusing visitor attention on its Dry Support Bridge (DSB), which has attracted significant interest from armed forces and emergency and disaster relief bodies, and is already held in inventory by militaries around the world including Australia, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA.

The current and growing imperative for readiness among armed forces around the world, combined with the greater involvement of the military in support of natural disasters, illustrates the strategic importance of the dual-role capabilities of WFEL’s bridging systems. The company’s rapidly-deployable bridging systems - both the DSB and the modular Medium Girder Bridge (MGB), provide temporary infrastructure, greatly enhancing an army’s capability to quickly manoeuvre across physical terrain as complex as rivers, ravines and man-made gaps. Each bridging system consists of interoperable parts, which can be swapped and shared during international aid missions as well as on joint operations in conflict situations.

The DSB is the world’s most technically-advanced, rapidly-deployable military bridge of its type: a 46m bridge can be constructed by a crew of eight in under 90 minutes. In response to the threats faced by armed forces in today’s increasingly complex security environment, the DSB launching system is now available on RMMV Rheinmetall MAN 10 x 10 fully-armoured military vehicles, as well as a number of other military platforms.

The DSB in use with the Australian Defence Force. (Photo via WFEL)

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