MAN Truck and Rapidly Emplaced Bridging System (REBS)
The Rapidly Emplaced Bridge System (REBS) capability provides a rapid tactical bridging capability to support a NZLAV motorised force. It enhances mobility of NZLAV, by supporting combat crossing operations. It will be employed to cross wet gaps (streams, rivers) and dry gaps (anti-vehicle ditches).
It is a capability previously not in service, and enables vehicles to cross unprepared gaps of up to 12 metres.
The REBS comprises an aluminium bridge mounted on a flat-rack pallet. Both components are transported on a MAN support vehicle with Enhanced Palletized Load System (EPLS).
The bridge itself is an aluminium welded structure consisting of two halves coupled together at the centre. It is lightweight, corrosion resistant, torsionally flexible and strong enough to support MLC (Military Load Class) 40 wheeled and tracked vehicles under normal crossing conditions. It can also support up to MLC 50 wheeled vehicles under a caution crossing.
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This page was last reviewed on 19 March 2015 and is current.