COVENANTER Bridgelayer

In 1936 began the development of a scissor type bridge to be installed on a tank hull. The bridge had to save gaps up to 9 meters and withstand the passage of vehicles up to 30 tons. Shortly after it was decided to use the Covenanter Mk.I and Mk.II medium tank chassis as the carrier vehicle, to which the “30 ft No.1” model scissor bridge would be installed. The bridge was raised by a hydraulic arm and ram, whose systems were installed in the fighting compartment. The objectives of the project were almost achieved, since the bridge allowed to save distances of 9 meters to vehicles up to 24 tons. These vehicles were used mainly in training role and development for later models, although the Australian Army used some Covenanter Bridgelayer in the Burma campaign of 1942.

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Country of origin

United Kingdom


English Electric Leyland Motors – L.M.S.


Armoured vehicle launched bridge

Entered service




Combat weight

18,200 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

5.79 x 2.61 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel: 30mm

Power plant

1 x Meadows flat 12 DAV petrol engine, 300 hp


41 km/h


165 km


1 x 7.92mm BESA MG