The US M104 Wolverine Armoured Vehicle Launch Bridge is the new replacement for the old M60A1 scissor AVLB, which had been the work horse for the US Army since the 1960’s. Sadly it could no longer keep up with the Abrams series MBT’s and lacked the same mobility. For this reason a new AVLB development project was started in 1983 and in 1994, GDLS won the contract. By 1996 they had manufactured the prototype and it was decided that the vehicle would be built on the M1A2 hull to match fleet mobility.
The US M104 Wolverine Armoured Vehicle Launch Bridge Operators
44 have been manufactured so far of an originally intended purchase of 465.
Due to defence cuts and the current modernization program moving towards lighter fighting force’s, there are no current plans by the US Army to buy any more, however should they be needed, GDLS have an agreement to restart production if required.