Under the contract awarded last October, WFEL has already delivered the first Medium Girder Bridge (MGB) systems to the British Army, several months ahead of schedule, the company announced on 1 July.
The new MGB bridging sets can be configured in several different ways to provide operational flexibility on the ground. This first configuration will allow the Royal Engineers to build a 31m double-storey or a five-bay single-storey bridge for wet or dry gap crossing in a wide range of operational, security or disaster relief applications.
This is the first of the 17 sets of MGB to be supplied by WFEL, following a review of the British Army’s modular gap-crossing capabilities (MGCC), to draw together existing in-service capabilities into a single coherent capability.
Mike Batty, Team Leader for the Operational Infrastructure Team for Defence, Equipment and Support, the procurement arm of the MoD, commented “The MGCC bridges provide a bedrock of essential support to troops on both military and disaster relief operations. Receiving them ahead of schedule gives us confidence that our delivery partners understand how vital this equipment is to our armed forces.”
The British Army has been an MGB user since the early 1980s, and the new bridging systems will provide new, lightweight, medium gap-crossing capability and form a significant element of the manoeuvre support capability for the British Army's STRIKE Brigade. The MGB bridging systems were chosen by the Royal Engineers for their versatility and deployability to meet the challenges of the future integrated operating concept. The complete MGB contract will be fulfilled by Dec 2025.