FEINDEF 2019: Norwegian company Henriksen showcases Rapid Entering and Boarding System
Henriksen is specialized in Rapid Entering and Boarding Systems (REBS): ladders, ultralight pole ladders (UPL), carbon multi ladders (CML), hooks, giraffe tracer pneumatic poles, launchers, ascenders, magnetic climbing systems, scuba tubes, etc.
RBS compact launcher (Picture source: Army Recognition)
The Rapid Entering and Boarding Systems (REBS) segment was established at Henriksen in 2003 as a response to an initiative from the Norwegian Defense. They sought products that could increase the effectiveness and safety of boarding operations, especially at sea. With time, REBS has evolved into a result of a multinational cooperation where input from users in different countries has resulted in product improvements and reduced operational risk.
Boarding operations pose many challenges and the equipment suffers from rough use in demanding environments. So, the products have to be as lightweight as possible while still being strong and durable. To meet these challenges, REBS uses high-performance materials like carbon fiber and titanium. The company develops and manufactures several products in-house as well as cooperates with other manufacturers.
At FEINDEF 2019, the Norwegian company displays only a few of its products as “teasers” of its know-how, namely a compact launcher (see picture), a smaller version of its standard launcher.