Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tanker's Tuesday: M60 AVLB

The M60 AVLB is based on a M60 Patton tank
chassis, but instead of the tank's gun turret, it is
equipped with a bridge launcher integrated into
the chassis and mounted on top. When emplaced,
the bridge is capable of supporting tracked and
wheeled vehicles with a military load bearing
capacity up to Class 60. The bridge can be
retrieved from either end. The roadway width of
the AVLB is 12 feet 6 inches (3.81 m).
During deployments, bridge emplacement can be
accomplished in 2 minutes, and retrieval can be
accomplished in 10 minutes under armor protection