Bridge Launch Mechanism
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.
- Rapid bridge launch and recovery
- Stows compactly when not in use
- Interchangeable with other Special to Role equipment
- Low impact on mobility
A BLM 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 and two hydraulic cylinders are used to operate the bridge clamps.
Hydraulic power is provided to a BLM 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 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.
The BLM may be interchanged with other Pearson Engineering equipment to tailor the capability of the host vehicle to operational requirements.