The Brazilian Army Will Receive IRB from GDELS

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (, June 26, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: GDELS

The Brazilian Army awarded General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) a contract for manufacturing and delivery of the Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) system, learned

That was announced from GDELS last week on 22nd June.

Besides IRB, the company will also deliver trucks, bridge adapter pallets, a bridge erection boat and will ensure integrated logistics support.

The first system delivery is planned to take place next year.

The IRB may be used as both a multi-bay ferry and a floating bridge. The improved ribbon bridge is a wide wet-gap crossing capability for loads up to MLC80 tracked/96 wheeled. The system is interoperable with GDELS’ legacy floating bridge systems, including the Floating Support Bridge (FSB), the Standard Ribbon Bridge and the M3 Amphibious Bridge and Ferry System. The Brazilian Army already has experience with the FSB, which is interoperable with the IRB. Both systems provide important capabilities for the armed forces all over the world.

General Dynamics European Land Systems Vice President International Business & Services, Thomas Kauffmann, commented, “This new acquisition of the IRB demonstrates the high confidence and satisfaction of the Brazilian Army in the performance of our advanced bridge systems.”

The IRB can be used in military and peacekeeping activities and it can also support humanitarian and environmental missions.