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Bridge Launch Mechanism by Pearson Engineering

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Pearson Engineering Ltd
Wincomblee Road
Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 3QS


The Bridge Launch Mechanism (BLM) enables a wide range of combat vehicles to launch and recover assault bridging in less than two minutes from under armour without permanently changing the role of the host vehicle.

 

The BLM is fitted to the front of the vehicle and allows the bridge to be stowed, launched and recovered using a single system.  The system is lightweight and is specifically designed to minimise the impact on vehicle mobility by keeping the bridge and bridge launch system low and close to the vehicle hull when in transport configuration.

 

Upon launch and recover, the foot of the BLM remains in firm contact with the ground, reducing load transfer onto the host vehicle and ensuring a stable launch platform.

 

The BLM can be fitted using a common interface kit which allows the task equipment to be quickly and easily interchanged and jettisoned increasing the operational capability of the host vehicle.

 

Technical specifications:

 

Weight:                                 6,500 kg

Peak hydraulic pressure:     275 bar

Peak hydraulic flow rate:     120 litres/ minute (min)

 

Bridge Launch Mechanism (H)

 

The Bridge Launch Mechanism suitable for Heavy Tracked Vehicles is known as the BLM(H) and is a Special to Role attachment system that enables the vehicle to launch assault bridging.

 

Key Features

 

- Rapid bridge launch and recovery

- Stows compactly when not in use

- Lightweight

- Interchangeable with other Special to Role equipment

- Low impact on mobility

 

Operation and Control

A BLM(H) has three operating positions; a transport position without the bridge fitted, a transport position with the bridge fitted and a deployed position with the bridge laid. Four hydraulic lift cylinders are used to articulate the BLM(H) and two hydraulic cylinders are used to operate the bridge clamps on the RBS.

 

Hydraulic power is provided to a BLM(H) directly from the vehicle or from an on-board hydraulic system that can be provided as part of a Pearson Engineering Common Interface System.

 

A BLM(H) is controlled from a Multipurpose Control Unit (MCU) mounted within easy reach of the vehicle driver.  Operation from a tethered external MCU is an option.

 

Modular

The BLM(H) may be interchanged with other Pearson Engineering equipment to tailor the capability of the host vehicle to operational requirements.

 

Bridge Launch Mechanism (M)

 

The Bridge Launch Mechanism suitable for Medium Tracked Vehicles is known as the BLM(M) and is a Special to Role attachment system that enables the vehicle to launch assault bridging.

 

Key Features

 

- Rapid bridge launch and recovery

- Stows compactly when not in use

- Lightweight

- Interchangeable with other Special to Role equipment

- Low impact on mobility

 

Operation and Control

A BLM(M) has three operating positions; a transport position without the bridge fitted, a transport position with the bridge fitted and a deployed position with the bridge laid. Four hydraulic lift cylinders are used to articulate the BLM(M) and two hydraulic cylinders are used to operate the bridge clamps on the RBS.

 

Hydraulic power is provided to a BLM(M) directly from the vehicle or from an on-board hydraulic system that can be provided as part of a Pearson Engineering Common Interface System.  A BLM(M) is controlled from a Multipurpose Control Unit (MCU) mounted within easy reach of the vehicle driver. Operation from a tethered external MCU is an option.

 

Modular

The BLM(M) may be interchanged with other Pearson Engineering equipment to tailor the capability of the host vehicle to operational requirements.

 

Bridge Launch Mechanism (L)

 

The Bridge Launch Mechanism suitable for Medium Wheeled Vehicles is known as the BLM(L) and is a Special to Role attachment system that enables the vehicle to launch assault bridging.

 

Key Features

 

- Rapid bridge launch and recovery

- BLM(L) stows compactly when not in use

- Lightweight

- Interchangeable with other Mission Equipment

- Height and approach/departure angles optimised to enhance mobility

 

Operation and Control

The BLM(L) has three operating positions; a transport position without the bridge fitted, a transport position with the bridge fitted and a deployed position with the bridge laid.  Four hydraulic cylinders are used to articulate the BLM(L) and two hydraulic cylinders are used to operate the bridge clamps of the Read Bridge Support (RBS)

 

Hydraulic power is provided to the BLM(L) directly from the vehicle.

 

The BLM(L) is controlled from a Mission Equipment Signal Unit (MESU) control box mounted within easy reach of the driver.  Operation from a tethered external MESU is also possible.

 

Modular

The BLM(L) can be rapidly attached to, or detached from the vehicle and interchanged with other Mission Equipment.

Defense Products & Services: Bridge Launch Mechanism by Pearson Engineering
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Defense Products & Services Sectors: Bridging equipment, tactical
Description: Bridge Launch Mechanism
Source of Information: Pearson Engineering Ltd