SHAH ALAM: IT appears that we are getting two sets of a China made logistics support bridge, supplementing the various British Bailey-style prefabricated and quick built bridges already in service (most are in storage) with the Army. Apart from the Army, the Public Works Department also have a number of these bridges in storage for emergency use.
That we are getting China made bridges was revealed when the Eperolehan website published a tender on May 12 to find a MTO to transport two sets of logistic support bridges from Zhenjiang, China to Port Klang in Malaysia. The final destination is the 91 Ordnance Depot, Batu Kantomen camp in Kuala Lumpur.
The tender for the two logistic support bridges was issued in May, last year. From the tender documents:
The Logistic Support Bridge is required by the Malaysian Army as a line of communication for single-span range 40 m up to 80 m with a road width of 4.2 m to ensure the movement of troops, combat supplies, and other logistical support to the forward troops from and within the Communication Zone are not hindered by enemy actions.
The tender for bridges was awarded to Stare Resources Sdn Bhd with a LOA of RM17.2 million.
Anyhow, I have no issues whatsoever with the Army buying these bridges from China. As long it is as cheaper and as good as the ones we bought from UK company no one should have issues with it. What is a Bailey style bridge then? From the Internet:
The Bailey bridge was invented by British engineer Donald West Bailey in 1938 for war. A Bailey bridge is a kind of bridge made of welded modular panels and parts. It is also called the Bailey truss bridge because of the steel truss construction structure. As the components are single pieces and very light in weight，a bailey bridge can be assembled and transported easily. A Bailey truss bridge is suitable for various spans and loads.
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