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General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has announced a contract to provide the M3 amphibious bridge and ferry system to Latvia, making the country the newest NATO customer for the system. The contract was awarded to GDELS by the US Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, which is managing the support to Latvia as it addresses needs for additional NATO wet-gap crossing solutions. Deliveries will also include an integrated logistics support package consisting of training, tools and manuals.

Latvia will become the latest country to use the M3 bridge system, following:

  • South Korea
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • the UK
  • Germany

The M3 bridge system is used in different roles, from combat operations to civil defence. It can carry all NATO vehicles and can build a 100m (330 ft) floating bridge in less than ten minutes. The vehicles will also be equipped with ‘Arctic Kits’ that will allow to operate them in very cold climate conditions.