DSEI 2021 Preview: WFEL/KMW Show BOXER Bridge-layer

New Mobile Bridging System Ideal for Disaster Relief and Security Operations

In addition to its military bridging systems, KMW subsidiary WFEL will take the opportunity of DSEI 2021 next month to show the BOXER bridge-layer for the first time at a defence exhibition, the company announced on 24 August.

As seen during disaster relief operations in Europe’s severe flooding in July, WFEL’s rapidly-deployable military bridging systems are increasingly called upon for deployment to provide emergency temporary infrastructure during natural disasters. The new BOXER bridge module can deploy two types of bridge: a heavy variant ,which spans 14m and can carry 80t; and a longer, 22m version, certified for 50 tons.

WFEL’s Dry Support Bridge (DSB) and Medium Girder Bridge (MGB) are already in service with a number of armed forces around the world. At 120 MLC [Military Load Classification], the DSB can get traffic and supplies moving over a 46m gap in less than 90mins, using just eight soldiers and a single launch vehicle: crucial in rapidly escalating combat, homeland defence or disaster relief scenarios – when every second counts.

MON wonders how much speculation there will be at DSEI as to what the selection of camouflage scheme for the new BOXER bridge-layer may mean – if anything. (Photo: WFEL)

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