IRB deployed for Anakonda 2016
US, German and Dutch bridging engineers built an Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) for river crossing as part of the NATO Exercise Anakonda 2016, General Dynamics European Land Systems announced on 1 July.
The exercise had already seen construction of a 350m M3 bridge at the same location, over the Vistula River near Chelmno, Poland, by German and British engineering units.
The US Army provided Improved Ribbon Bridge bays for 200m of the 350m bridge. US and German engineer units operated the bridge and the Dutch engineers provided the Standard Ribbon Bridge (SRB). Both systems are fully interoperable.
The IRB can be used as a multi-bay ferry or a full-span floating bridge for vehicles and equipment. It provides wet gap crossing capabilities for combat vehicles and trucks.
Exercise Anakonda, which took place in June, is a Polish-led multinational exercise that involved over 31,000 participants from over 20 nations.
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