New Delhi: Indian Army today inducted the first production lot of 12 Short Span Bridging System (SSBS)-10 m, designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The SSBS-10 m plays a crucial role of bridging the gaps up to 9.5 m as a single span providing a 4 m wide, fully decked roadway, ensuring faster movement of the troops, an official statement said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, Indian Army and the Industry on the successful development and induction of the system.
“This induction will give a boost to the fast-growing Indian defence industrial ecosystem and help the industry to contribute towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’,” he said.
Research & Development Establishment (Engrs) Pune, a premier engineering laboratory of DRDO, has designed and developed the system in association with M/s L&T Ltd, the official statement said.
The 12 bridges are part of 102 SSBS-10 m from M/s L&T Ltd, which is the production agency.
The Project Short Span Bridging System involved the development of two prototypes of 5 m SSBS on Tatra 6×6 chassis and another two prototypes of 10 m SSBS on Tatra 8×8 re-engineered chassis, it said.
Both the systems have undergone rigorous Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA), MET and User trials and after successful completion of all the trials, the systems were recommended for induction into the services.
This bridging system is compatible with Sarvatra Bridging System (75 m), where the last span requires covering gaps less than 9.5 m. The deployed bridge is of the load classification of MLC 70, the statement read.
The system will help in quick movement of troops and enhance the mobilization of resources.
Chief of the Army Staff General MM Naravane inducted the short span bridging system during a ceremony held at Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt today.
Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy was present on the occasion.