united states army m30 bridge erection boats

The Birdon Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) was selected by the US Army as the replacement boat for the 30 year old MKII BEB.

In a primary mission mode, the BEB provides propulsion, thrust, and stablisation to support worldwide tactical floating bridge and rafting operations. It is specifically designed to provide high thrust and operate in high particulate matter environments, including silt, fresh, brackish, and seawater.

The BEB is an aluminium-hulled boat with two diesel engines, running on low sulfur diesel. It can be outfitted with an optional feature for burning JP-8 fuel and uses two water jets for propulsion. It can reach speeds in excess of 28 knows and has over 6,000lbs of bollard pull at static speed.

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