WIT Press

The Move Towards Fully Automated Military Bridging Systems

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MRS000001

Volume

47

Pages

16

Published

2000

Size

2,725 kb

Author(s)

R.C. Connor & I.J. Dunn

Abstract

The evolution of mobile military bridging illustrates how operational considerations and material developments are leading to more sophisticated concepts. Modular military bridge structures have traditionally been assembled and dismantled by hand using large numbers of small components, but the requirement to bridge longer spans, coupled with the need to reduce construction times and manpower has led to increased mechanisation. Semi-automated construction techniques are now well accepted in the Field Army. Remote control, teleoperation and fully autonomous bridging systems all offer operational benefits and some examples arc discussed. 1 Introduction The ability to cross both natural and man-made obstacles has always been crucial for good mobility and is vitally important for successful battlefield operations. The earliest Roman bridges used to support military oper

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