Read FAUN Trackway's feature contribution in June 2016's edition of European Security and Defence – International Security and Defence Journal focusing on 'Tactical Mobility'.
In tactical and operational military scenarios heavy vehicles need to be able to reliably cross difficult terrain, such as snow, marsh, mud and sand.
FAUN Trackway has manufactured expedient roadway solutions for more than 60 years, enabling armed forces globally to execute their mission despite adverse landscapes.
The company assesses global defence trends and what advanced solutions can be offered to meet emerging requirements in both conflict zones and disaster relief scenarios.
Heavy Ground Mobility System
One such solution is the Heavy Ground Mobility System (HGMS), developed by FAUN over 15 years ago for the Norwegian Army and is now in the inventory of nearly 40 armed forces worldwide over 60 years. HGMS creates a temporary modular roadway that can withstand trucks and tanks weighing up to Military Load Classification 70 (MLC). Comprising interlocking aluminium Trackway® panels structured as needed, HGMS can create routes infinitely long. This permits vehicular access into areas without roads, or where infrastructure has been damaged, and enabling boggy or marshy ground to be traversed by heavy tracked or wheeled vehicles. A trained two-man team can deploy 50 metres of Trackway in less than 10 minutes.
Medium Ground Mobility System
The Medium Ground Mobility System (MGMS) was developed to aid lighter vehicle up to MLC 30 to navigate undulating ground and beach landings. For beach landings in particular, MGMS enables wheeled vehicles to cross the soft, sandy ground. MGMS is made up of a roll of MLC30 (Military Load Classification) Trackway and a hydraulic dispenser powered by the host vehicle’s engine and rolled out by driving forwards. Two trained people can deploy a whole length of Trackway, mechanically, in under six minutes. MGMS can be adapted and mounted on any medium wheeled vehicle; a dedicated vehicle is not required. The unit can be easily transported by train, ship or aircraft, hence its popularity with armed forces operating light units.
Heavy Ground Mobility System - Beam Dispenser
A further development, the MGMS - Beam Dispenser (MGMS-BD), a lighter weight, portable MLC 30 roadway system, was made for the Danish Armed Forces. It can be deployed from a variety of front-end loaders and is ideal for forces operating in constricted spaces.
Helicopter Landing Mat
FAUN Trackway also offers temporary mobility and landing solutions for aircrafts. Helicopter Landing Mats (HLM), developed for the UK Royal Engineers, provide solid foundations for helicopter landing and forward operations, particularly for expeditionary forces.
Aircraft Landing Mat
Aircraft Landing Mats (ALM) create runways and temporary airfields. Also developed for the UK Royal Engineers, ALM are palletised, modular and quickly deployable; depending on an aircraft’s Load Classification Number a complete contingency airstrip can be laid by an experienced team in less than 24 hours.