GDELS-Rheinmetall Anaconda tactical bridge: General Dynamics European Land Systems – Bridge Systems and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles have presented for the first time the ANACONDA tactical bridge-laying system mounted on a high-mobility 8×8 HX2 carrier vehicle at the 5th User Forum Armament and Utilization – RÜ.NET 2023 conference held on August 30 – 31 in Koblenz. The bridge, the laying mechanism and vehicle together provide a dry-gap bridge capability for medium- and heavyweight forces, said the company.
The Anaconda from GDELS is the latest version of the well-known BIBER (beaver) bridge, over 300 of which have been built for the Bundeswehr, Germany’s NATO partners and other export customers.
Mounting the bridges on Rheinmetall’s HX family of tactical trucks, which are in service with numerous armed forces, provides substantial advantages regarding interoperability, training, service and the supply of spare parts, contributing to the system’s low lifecycle costs.
According to the Dusseldorf based German defence company, RMMV’s HX family is among the world’s most widely used military trucks. Over 16,000 are in service around the globe. Many NATO nations already have HX vehicles in their inventory, resulting in valuable synergies in multinational operations.
General Dynamics European Land Systems is a Europe based business unit of General Dynamics Corporation. Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, General Dynamics European Land Systems is led by Antonio Bueno.
GDELS employs some 2,400 skilled people and has plants in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. GDELS’ product range covers from wheeled armored and tracked combat vehicles to amphibious bridges and ferry systems.