Indian state-owned heavy equipment manufacturer, BEML Limited handed over the first set of 15M Sarvatra Bridge
System to the Indian Army in a function held at BEML Palakkad Complex in Kanjikode, Kerala on Nov. 11.
During the ceremony, Major General S. Radhakrishnan, Director General of Combat Engineers, received the system on behalf of the Indian Army from R. H. Muralidhara, Director of Defence Business at BEML.
BEML has received orders for 22 sets of Sarvatra Bridging system and received Bulk Production Clearance in October.
Sarvatra is a multi-span, mobile bridging system indigenously designed by the Research and Development Establishment – Engineers (R&DE Engineers) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army and manufactured by BEML.
The system, mounted on a BEML Tatra 815 VVN 8×8 military truck chassis, consists of the Bridge Structure, Launching Mechanism, Hydraulics and Electrical System, Pier system.
Sarvtra is a quick launching bridge system which helps in negotiating wet and dry obstacles on the battlefield with the help of double operated advanced hydraulic mechanisms. It is designed for heavy load class, capable of negotiation of all vehicles including India’s indigenous Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT).
For the manufacturing of the Sarvatra Bridging System BEML is being supported by L&T, Pune; Dantal Hydraulics; and Oscar Equipment, Kolkata.
BEML, previously Bharat Earth Movers Limited, is a Miniratna Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD). BEML Palakkad complex manufacture and supply heavy duty all-terrain trucks for the Indian Army for various applications like Radars, Missile launchers, Ammunition Carriers, Tank Transporters, Command Post Vehicle, Bridge laying vehicles, etc.