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 overbridge 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.