DRS Sustainment Systems to supply seven additional Joint Assault Bridges to U.S. Army
The JAB (Joint Assault Bridge) is used by Army Mobility Augmentation Companies and Brigade Engineer Battalions to provide assault-bridging support to Armored Brigade Combat Teams. The JAB is based on the M1A1 Abrams tank hull with an upgraded suspension system from the M1A2 integrated with the hydraulic bridge launcher system. So far, it uses the AVLB (Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge) in the Military Load Class 85 “Scissor” Bridge category, designed for fast placement of bridge sections that can handle any Army vehicle. The JAB is replacing existing AVLB chassis assault bridging vehicles on a one-for-one basis. The Army plans to eventually field 337 JABs to its engineer and transportation units.
Leonardo DRS’ Joint Assault Bridge provides a robust, reliable system with commander's vision, rapid assault launch/retrieve capability, and superior mobility by maintaining the center of gravity close to the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank. The JAB bridging technology solves a long-standing Army capability gap.