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BAE demos Modular Bridging System

25th January 2018 - 08:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has demonstrated the safety and performance of its new Modular Bridging System by simulating over 22,000 crossings of the Challenger 2 main battle tank, the company announced on 23 January.

The company also carried out environmental tests to prove the bridge’s robustness and effectiveness throughout its operational life while being subjected to the harsh conditions expected in military use. In addition, numerous smaller tests were also undertaken, with over 300,000 fatigue cycles carried out on individual components.

The tests were carried out using the company’s Bridge Test Facility in Telford, UK.

The Modular Bridging System is a lightweight system that can be transported by air and is strong enough to withstand the weight of a main battle tank. The system is designed to allow forces to rapidly undertake assault crossings, restore military routes and vital lifelines, as well as provide replacement of civilian infrastructure in combat and disaster relief.

The bridge panels are equipped with Bluetooth-enabled sensors that analyse around 100 strain readings per second to give engineers a complete, real-time picture of the health of bridge systems.

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