WFEL Ltd is a part of WFEL Holdings Ltd, which was formed in 2006 following a management buyout from United Technologies Corporation (UTC). WFEL Ltd is a renowned worldwide pioneer of tactical military bridging, selling bridging solutions for over 40 years. The company supply over 39 armed forces worldwide. The company’s expertise in excellence and innovation - includes concept design, prototype manufacture and full scale production of a range of rapidly-deployable, modern bridging systems for use in military and disaster relief scenarios.

In additional to supplying tactical military bridges the company also provide a full spectrum of value-added support services, including training, inspection, maintenance, repairs and spares, both in the field and at their UK-based engineering site in Heaton Chapel where a team of 250 highly-skilled engineers and support staff are employed.

The company’s in-house research and development capabilities enable them to provide additional military-grade engineering solutions across the defence sector. WFEL Ltd is a prime contractor to both the UK Ministry of Defence and U.S Department of Defense, and operates a global sales network through overseas representatives, international governments and Non-Governmental Organisations.

WFEL design and manufacture three rapidly deployable bridges which are used by 39 different armed forces worldwide for a variety of conflict and disaster relief operations.

Medium Girder Bridge (MGB)Medium Girder Bridge

The Medium Girder Bridge is a classic piece of engineering. In operation since 1971 over 500 Medium Girder (MGB) bridging systems have been purchased by armed forces worldwide, notably in the UK, USA and other NATO allies.

MGB units are light and easily transported then can be adapted for most tactical bridging requirements.- the MGB is significantly developed from its initial design, to its multi-role capability of today, component inter-changeability across any bridge of any age has been maintained. The MGB system includes piers, pontoons and ferries, all engineered for deployment with minimum manpower.

MGBs are available in five different product configuration groups – Single Span, Multi-Span, Floating and MACH (Mechanically Aided Construction by Hand).

Military Dry Support Bridge (DSB)

Just eight soldiers and a single launch vehicle can have traffic rolling across a 46 metre gap in less than 90 minutes using a Dry Support Bridge (DSB).

The US Army has adopted the DSB as its new bridging system and DSBs have repeatedly proved their value in the field with deployment in the USA, South Korea and Iraq and, most recently, Afghanistan.

Its primary mission is emplacement on main supply routes in the rear of the area of direct combat while its secondary mission is to support and maintain the momentum of attack, when water and dry-gap obstacles are encountered that exceed the capabilities of assault bridging assets.

Over the next 10 years in excess of 100 DSB systems will have been deployed.

Air Portable Ferry Bridge (APFB)Air Portable Ferry Bridge (APFB)

The Air Portable Ferry Bridge (APFB) went into production in 2004 to meet requirements from the British Army for a new bridging system that could be used by light forces in roles which increasingly demand mobility and flexibility.

A modular system that can be transported rapidly and easily by land, sea and air, the APFB can be built by troops or trained civilians in military or civil emergency applications.

Despite its light weight and portability, the APFB has a military load classification of MLC 35. It can be used to bridge both wet and dry gaps, employed as an over bridge and incorporates a ferry system.

Versatility is enhanced even further by the facility to configure transportation using its own trailers, pallets or ISO containers – making it ideal for disaster relief operations as well as fly forward forces.

Although new in concept, the APFB is based on the highly successful Medium Girder Bridge (MGB) and the two share many common parts. By incorporating relatively few new components the APFB extends the MGB system's capabilities to meet the changing needs of the military.

WFEL Limited
Heaton Chapel
Stockport, Cheshire
SK4 5BB England

Tel: +44 (0)161 975 5700
Fax: +44 (0)161 431 3575

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