General Dynamics wins JAB contract
General Dynamics has announced that the US Army Contracting Command has awarded it a contract to build two Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) prototypes. The contract, worth $26 million, was announced 9 May, 2012.
The Joint Assault Bridge programme is a multi-service initiative to replace the existing Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridge (AVLB) system that is currently available to US forces. The JAB system will be a fully tracked armoured engineering vehicle specifically designed to provide Mobility Augmentation Companies with bridging capabilities allowing military vehicles to cross ravines or gorges in combat. According to the company, it will provide crew with protection and vehicle survivability equal to the M1A1 Abrams tank fleet and have the speed and mobility to keep pace with the manoeuvre force. The JAB system will launch and recover the Army's hydraulically actuated Military Load Class Scissor Bridge.
General Dynamics test support packages (TSP) will be delivered along with two JAB prototypes to the army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds. The contract has an estimated completion date of August, 2014.
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