Philippine Army getting launch bridge from Israel

Philippine Army getting launch bridge from Israel

The modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philipines has never been this robust and active.
News came out that the joint venture between Elbit Systems Land and C4I and IMI Systems just bagged the contract from the Department of National Defense (DND) to supply Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge for Philippine Army (PA).

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the Notice of Award on December 26.2019. The expected date of delivery of the said equipment is by late 2021.
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Contract price is USD27,727,188.00 or around PHP1,407,459,790.10.
According to technical specification released by the DND for the said acquisition, the launch bridge should be on a tracked vehicle with tank chassis frame.
The actual bridge should at least be 18 meters long, 3.5 meters wide, and capacity should be at least Military Load Capacity (MLC) 50.
The bridge should be at most launched within 15 minutes and loaded 30 minutes at most.

As per MaxDefense Philippines, what will be provided by the joint venture is the Leonardo DRS – IMI Systems Joint Assault Bridge.
“The Joint Assault Bridge is a scissor-type bridging system with a military Load Capacity (MLC) rating of MLC-85, which means it can withstand loads of up to 85 tons. This means it can support even the heaviest main battle tanks which weigh around 65-70 tons. Leonardo DRS is the prime contractor wile Israel Military Industries (IMI) is one of the main partners of the project and development of the bridging system.”

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