M60A1/M48A5 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge


Primary function: Armored vehicle used for launching and retrieving a 60-foot scissors-type bridge.
Manufacturer: General Dynamics Land Systems Division
Contractor: Anniston Army Depot (ANAD)
Power plant: 12 cylinder air-cooled diesel engine AVOS-1790-2DA
Power train: CD-850-6A 2 speed forward, 1 reverse

M60A1 Tank Chassis:
Weight, combat loaded: 56.6 tons (51.33 metric tons)
Ground clearance: 18 inches (.4572 meters)
Length: 31 feet (9.44 meters)
Width: 12 feet (3.66 meters)
Height: 15 feet with bridge (4.88 meters) Maximum speed (governed): 32 miles/hour (48.3 kilometers)
Cross country speed: 12-20 miles/hour (12.88-19.32 km)
Trench crossing: 8.5 feet (2.59 meters)

Track:
Type: T142/T80
No: 80 left side, 79 right side
Weight(each shoe): 65lbs
Guide: centerguide

Roadwheels:
Number: 24(6 dual sets each side)
Weight: 90lbs

Suspension: Torsion bar and shock absorbers

Torsion bars:
Number: 12 (left and right twist)
Weight: 105lbs

Shocks:
Type: Fluid filled
Number: 6 (3 each side, 2 in front, 1 rear)
Weight: 45lbs

Bridge:
Length, extended: 63 feet (19.19 meters)
Length, folded: 32 feet (9.75 meters)
Bridge span: 60 feet (18.28 meters)
Width, overall: 13.1 feet (3.99 meters)
Width, roadway: 12.5 feet (3.81 meters)
Width, treadway: 5.75 feet (1.75 meters)
Height, unfolded: 3.1 feet (.94 meters)
Weight: 14.65 tons (13.28 metric tons)

Range: 290 miles (464 kilometers)
Fuel capacity: 375 gallons (14.19 hectoliters)
Fuel Consumption: 1.3 gallons per mile
Crew: 2 enlisted
Unit Replacement Cost: $749,000

Features: The M60A1 AVLB is an armored vehicle used for launching and retrieving a 60-foot scissors-type bridge. The AVLB consists of three major sections: the launcher, the hull, and the bridge. The launcher is mounted as an integral part of the chassis. The bridge, when emplaced, is capable of supporting tracked and wheeled vehicles with a military load bearing capacity up to Class 60 (Class 70 with the new bridge kit). The bridge can be retrieved from either end. The roadway width of the AVLB is 12 feet, 6 inches. Bridge emplacement can be accomplished in 2 to 5 minutes, and retrieval can be accomplished in 10 minutes under armor protection.

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