With its 26-metre bridge launched from a Leopard 2 (L2) A4 chassis, the L2 Armoured Vehicle-Launch Bridge (L2AVLB) made a grand statement at Nee Soon Camp, where it was commissioned for active service in April 2012.

DSTA managed the acquisition and integration of the L2AVLB, providing the Army with critical forward support assault bridging to overcome anti-tank ditches and gaps of up to 25 metres. The DSTA team also integrated a day sight camera, thermal imager and laser range finder into one optical system to enable the Army to conduct both day and night bridging operations under closed-hatch conditions.

The key challenge for the team was to equip the L2AVLB with multiple applications and yet manage the overall system weight so that optimal mobility can be achieved at the same time. Instead of using commercial off-the-shelf armoured steel, the team employed spaced armour technology and multi-layered composite materials for the vehicle’s Heavy Track Skirts – resulting in lighter armoured material yet providing the same level of crew protection against ammunition and mine threats.

The team also spearheaded significant modifications to the L2-A4 chassis. In particular, the original air-conditioning system used in the L2-A4 was replaced with a new cooling system designed to suit the bigger crew compartment in the L2AVLB.

With the introduction of this highly mobile system, the Army now has an effective way of projecting its armoured forces. This system was deployed successfully in both local and overseas training exercises.