This Foldable Bridge allows the Army to get Tanks across Rivers


To aid soldiers conducting water-based operations overseas, especially in places with no actual bridges, the United States Army has commissioned what is being called the Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB). Developed by the army’s Multi-Role Bridge Company (MRBC), the innovative contraption is basically a floating, foldable system of barges that can be used to create a bridge in less than 30 minutes.

When installed, the IRB allows soldiers to carry supplies, weapons, troops and even vehicles (including tanks) across a river or any other water body. Using highly-specialized folding and unfolding technologies, the system opens up over water into a wide non-skid pathway. According to the developers, the makeshift bridge can be used even in rough, choppy waters, thanks to special splash guards that help prevent flooding.

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