Mobile Military Bridge Systems 10 Март 2015, 15:05

REBS – The Bridge for the Future Army

The REBS Rapidly Emplaced Bridge System is a dry-gap bridge of aluminum which was designed to provide tactical gap crossing capability for mechanized infantry units such as the U.S. Army's Stryker brigades. REBS allows the crossing of unprepared gaps up to 13 m (42.6 feet) for wheeled and tracked vehicles with loads up to MLC50.

he REBS design is based on experience gained with the AVLB BEAVER system and uses proven components and similar bridge sections. The automatically controlled hydraulic launching and retrieving procedure is done from the truck-mounted Bridge Adapter Pallet with its integrated launcher. The pallet can be adapted to every 10-15 tons PLS truck. Operational power is taken from the transport truck or from the pallet-integrated diesel-driven hydraulic system. 
REBS is horizontally free-launched, coupled together and then laid across the gap, thus providing a low profile signature to reduce enemy reconnaissance. 
REBS is C-130 air-transportable without the need for reconfiguration. The deployed bridge can also be transported as underslung load by a CH-47 helicopter. 
The REBS has been in service with the U.S. Army since 2007.

To provide temporary bridging capability the REBS bridge can be adapted to various armored fighting vehicles with the Adaptable Bridge Launching KIT (ABLK). This can be done by the crew itself and takes approximately 30 minutes. With the help of the REB-ABLK the coupled bridge is then lifted on the top of the armored fighting vehicle, driven to the nearby crossing site and can then be launched under armor protection. REB-ABLK is equipped with a laser range finder and a camera.

REBS – Tomorrow’s Technology for Today’s Engineer Forces