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Function: Armored vehicle used for launching and retrieving a 60-foot scissors-type bridge.

Description: 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. 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.

General Characteristics, M60A1 AVLB


55 bridges, 37 launchers


Entered the Marine Corps inventory in the late 1980s


General Dynamics Land Systems Division


Anniston Army Depot (ANAD)

Power Plant:

12 cylinder diesel engine AVOS-1790-20

Power Train:

CD-850-6A 2 speed forward, 1 reverse


290 miles (464 kilometers)

Fuel Capacity :

375 gallons (14.19 hectoliters)


Two enlisted

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)

Maximum speed (governed): 30 mph (48.3 kmh)

Cross country speed: 8-12 mph (12.88-19.32 kmh)

Trench Crossing: 8.5 feet (2.59 meters)


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)

Introduction date:

February 1987

Unit Replacement Cost:

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