GENERAL INFORMATION, EQUIPMENT
DESCRIPTION, AND THEORY OF OPERATION
RAPIDLY EMPLACED BRIDGE (REB)
This TM contains operator's level instructions for the operation and servicing of
the Rapidly Emplaced Bridge (REB). The REB consists of the Bridge and the Pallet
(launcher), and is transported and deployed on the Common Bridge Transporter
(CBT). Operation includes loading/unloading, launch, crossing, retrieval, and
transloading. Servicing includes lubrication, Preventive Maintenance Checks and
Services (PMCS), operator troubleshooting, and operator maintenance as allocated
by the Maintenance Allocation Chart (MAC). Replacement and repair of REB
components are allocated for field maintenance and are not authorized at the
a. Type of Manual Operator/crew.
b. Equipment Names and Model Number The REB consists of two major
components: the Bridge and the Pallet. Together they are the Rapidly Emplaced
Bridge M21. The REB is transported and deployed on the CBT. Refer to figure 1.
c. Purpose of Equipment To provide a means for the U.S. Army's Stryker
Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) to rapidly cross unprepared gaps up to 42.6 ft (13 m)
in a minimum amount of time, thereby increasing the strategic options for military
operations. For depiction of bridge launch, refer to figure 2. The REB facilitates
defensive and offensive maneuvers by supporting wheeled and tracked vehicles up
to Military Load Classification (MLC) 30 for normal crossings, and MLC 40 for
The REB bridge pallet should not be loaded on M945 or
M812 transporters; attempting to load the REB on
either vehicle will result in damage to equipment.
d. Special Inclusions This manual includes CBT Load Handling System (LHS)
operating procedures and PMCS necessary for operation of the REB.
Figure 1. Rapidly Emplaced Bridge on CBT, Typical.