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.