M104 Wolverine heavy assault bridge

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While only a few were built due to budget cutbacks, the M104 Wolverine heavy assault bridge is a U.S. Army vehicle, built on a M1 Abrams tank chassis, for quick crossings of water and other obstacles. It can span a 24 meter gap with a bridge over which fully loaded tanks can cross, a bridge that can be deployed in 5 minutes and retrieved in 10.[1] 44 were built by General Dynamics Land Systems, the main contractor for the Abrams. The Army has the right to restart production.

Not a fast vehicle at 16 km/h, it still is a much speedier adjunct to armored operations than building a bridge on the spot. It can be carried on roads, at higher speeds, by the Heavy Equipment Transporter System. Wolverines are operated by combat engineers with specific training.

References

  1. "Engineer and countermine equipment", Army, October 2002