New US Army Joint Assault Bridge to be built by DRS Technologies

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The U.S. Army has awarded DRS Technologies an indefinite quantity contract worth up to $400 million to build a new Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) system on a modified M1 Abrams platform.

The JAB will be designed to carry, deploy and recover a heavy “scissor” bridge that provides gap-crossing capability for combat vehicles to cross wet or dry chasms. The system is an important tool for U.S. military ground forces, giving combat vehicles the ability to freely navigate the battlefield.

DRS Technologies will be responsible for managing the M1A1 chassis assembly,  producing hydraulic bridge launchers, and integrating the entire system.

The company has previously worked with the Israel Military Industries on engineering and design of JAB systems.