Army Taps DRS for $400M Joint Assault Bridge Development IDIQ; Joe Matteoni Comments

Joint Assault BridgeDRS Technologies has received a potential $400 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop a new Joint Assault Bridge system.

DRS’ sustainment systems business unit will oversee the production of the hydraulic bridge launcher and M1A1 chassis assembly as well as system integration work under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, DRS said Tuesday.

The JAB system consists of an M1A1 Abrams tank hull and a hydraulic bridge launcher platform designed to field and recover a scissor-type bridge that works to allow combat vehicles and warfighters to cross over dry or wet gaps.

Joe Matteoni, vice president and general manager of DRS’ sustainment systems business unit, said the company will work with Israel Military Industries to develop the JAB system in support of ground combat teams’ missions.

DRS will perform work in Anniston, Alabama, and West Plains, Missouri under the contract awarded through a competitive bidding process.

DRS has managed the chassis assembly for the program under a public-private partnership with Anniston Army Depot and has collaborated with Israel Military Industries to perform design and engineering work on the JAB system.

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