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Also Known As: Rapidly Emplaced Bridge System
General Dynamics European Land Systems
Parent System: REBS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Rapidly Emplaced Bridge System (REBS) is an aluminum-made light dry-gap bridge which has been designed to meet the operational requirements for a rapidly deployable bridge system in support of light and medium weight mechanized infantry units. The REBS provides tactical bridging capability for MLC50 wheeled and tracked vehicles for unprepared gaps�up to 13 meters. It can be integrated onto a variety of vehicles such as 10-15 tons class 8x8 trucks with a Palletized Load System (PLS) and 8x8 armored vehicles (Stryker and Piranha III) fitted with an Adaptable Bridge Launching Kit (ABLK). General Dynamics European Land Systems of Germany introduced the REBS bridging system in mid 2008.
The 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 started from the truck-mounted Bridge Adapter Pallet with its integrated launcher. The pallet can be adapted to any PLS truck and can even be operated independently by a diesel-driven hydraulic pump system. REBS is horizontally free-launched from the transporter, coupled together and then laid across the gap, thus providing a low profile signature to avoid enemy reconnaissance. It can airlifted by means of a C-130 sized aircraft or a CH-47 helicopter. With a two-man crew launching and retrieving operations take less than 10 minutes except for the ABLK which needs less than two minutes.
Bridge Height: 0.56 meter
Bridge Length: 13.8 meter
Bridge Roadway Width: 3.35 meter
Bridge Covered Gap Length: 13 meter
Bridge-Laying Time: 10 minute
Bridge Traffic Load: 50 ton
Bridge Weight: 4,800 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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