DRS to build JAB system for US Army
DRS Technologies has been awarded a $400 million, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract by the US Army to build a Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) system, the company announced on 23 August.
The system is a track-wheeled vehicle, which has been built on a modified M1A1 Abrams platform. It is capable of deploying, carrying and recovering a heavy ‘scissor’ bridge that provides gap-crossing capability for heavy armour combat vehicles to cross wet or dry chasms.
The company’s St. Louis, Missouri-based sustainment systems business unit will produce and manage the M1A1 chassis assembly, hydraulic bridge launcher production and the entire system integration. Production will be carried out in Anniston, Alabama, and West Plains, Missouri.
DRS Technologies has worked with Israel Military Industries on the engineering and design of the JAB system, and it has a public-private partnership with Anniston Army Depot for the management of the chassis assembly.
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