Brigadier Smeaton’s organisation, which is part of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, is responsible for the acquisition and through-life support of a wide range of land-based capabilities required by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including bridging.
The Brigadier was shown around WFEL’s production facility, which is currently supplying a number of its Dry Support Bridges (DSB) and Medium Girder Bridges (MGB) to the ADF under the Land 155 Phase 1 Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability project.
As a long-standing user of WFEL’s MGB bridges since the 1970’s, the ADF has recently taken delivery of their first new sets of WFEL’s rapidly-deployable bridging systems, and the Brigadier was keen to observe the technical operations behind the manufacture of these bridges.
Brigadier Smeaton, said: “My visit today was extremely informative and your team were both passionate and engaging. It was a particularly good opportunity to understand the design and complexity that goes into the manufacturing of your bridging products. As a customer and user, it was reassuring to see the level of testing and quality assurance completed at each stage in the process.”
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