Reddish based engineering and fabrication firm, WFEL, has been awarded a contract to supply the US Army by America’s Department of Defense.
WFEL will enhance 20 Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) in use by the American military, allowing them to span a 46 metre gap, an additional six metres. The engineering firm had previously been awarded a contract to upgrade 60 of the US Army’s 120 DSBs, and has supplied four as part of the USA’s $4.8 billion European Deterrence Initiative.
The Stockport firm has only provided the 46 m DSBs to armed forces around the world since 2013, including to Switzerland, Turkey and Australia and its product has been evaluated to replace older equipment by the Ministry of Defence in the UK.
WFEL’s Managing Director, Ian Anderton, said
We’re continually working with our US Army customer to ensure all their DSB bridging equipment is fulfilling its maximum potential and the simplicity of these upgrade kits allows the DSB enhancement work to be carried out at the US Army’s facilities, with minimal disruption.”
DSBs are used for both combat and emergency response and training scenarios worldwide, and in recent years have been deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Europe and South Korea (pictured).