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26 Mar 12. FAUN TRACKWAY – the leading manufacturer of portableroadways and runways – is attending this year’s Defence Services Asia (DSA) in Malaysia to showcase its suite of aluminium roadway products. Among FAUN TRACKWAY’s core products is its Heavy Ground Mobility System (HGMS) which is a ground-surfacing aluminium matting that can withstand weights of up to 70 tonnes. The HGMS has been supplied to over 35 armed forces worldwide and can be used to aid military and disaster-relief missions in a wide variety of terrains such as sand, snow and marshland. The 50m system can be deployed by two men in six minutes and prevents ruts forming in the ground and military vehicles from becoming bogged down. The Turkish Military has recently received a set of HGMS after investing £18m in the technology. UK-based FAUN TRACKWAY’s Vehicle Recovery Mats (VRMs) are made of the same durable aluminium matting as the HGMS and are used to mobilise vehicles that have become stuck in difficult terrain. VRMs provide military vehicles with a non-slip surface so they can gain traction and be quickly recovered. Other systems in FAUN TRACKWAY’s portfolio include several temporary runway products including the new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Landing Mat and the Helicopter Landing Mat (HLM).
26 Mar 12. WFEL is attending this year’s Defence Services Asia (DSA) in Malaysia to showcase its portfolio of combat and civilian disaster relief bridging systems. The company supplies its three-strong product family to over 40 armed forces worldwide. WFEL’s flagship system – the Dry Support Bridge (DSB) – is the world’s longest unreinforced tactical military bridge which can span gaps of up to 46 metres. The DSB – which has a military load classification of MLC 120 – can be deployed by a team of eight in under 90 minutes meaning it is one of the most efficient bridges on the market. A £57m contract for the DSB system was recently signed with the Swiss armed forces which will see WFEL deliver several units between 2013 and 2015. WFEL originally launched a tactical bridging unit to the international market in the 1970’s with the development of its first product – the Medium Girder Bridge (MGB). Over 500 MGBs have been sold globally and today it is frequently used in emergency relief missions. MGBs were recently deployed to aid relief efforts in Japan following its devastating tsunami and earthquake in 2011. WFEL’s third system is the Air Portable Ferry Bridge (APFB) which was designed to be used by light forces needing increased mobility and flexibility. The APFB – which incorporates a ferry system – is easily transportable by land, sea and air and is used in a variety of military and civil emergency applications as it can be built by troops or trained civilians. The firm has also recently invested over £400,000 in a new 15,000 sq ft facility at its UK headquarters to meet demand for its fast-growing support services division which repairs and refurbishes bridges returning from active use.
Max Houghton, Sales and Marketing Director of WFEL, said: “We are always looking to expand in new markets overseas and exhibitions like DSA are an ideal platform from which to demonstrate the capability of our bridging systems. Ensuring missions, be they in combat or in the wake of a major natural disaster, are not prevented or delayed when water or dry-gap obstacles are encountered is essential for them to be carried out efficiently. Our suite of bridging systems gives armed forces worldwide a range of solutions to choose from so their operations can be carried out quickly and safely.”
WFEL is exhibiting on stand number 4P 15 at DSA Malaysia.
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