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Acrow XS700 Bridge Employed by Military Joint Task Force to Cross the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq

Effort is part of global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria

(Parsippany, New Jersey) – 9 April 2018 – Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, today announced one of its XS700 bridges was recently installed to span the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq. The successful launch by the Iraqi Security Forces was aided by American and British troops as part of the global coalition assembled to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. soldiers are working in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, and the British troops as part of Operation Shader.

The Acrow wet-gap bridge has a 4.2 meter (13.78 feet) width and uses Poseidon Barges as the floating intermediate piers. The structure has an epoxy aggregate deck surface and a live load of 80 tank, 110 wheeled.

Acrow’s 700XS bridge system has been selected as a standard Line of Communication Bridge for logistical support by military organizations around the world, including the U.S. Army, the Canadian Army, the Australian Defence Force, the National Army of Colombia, the Chilean Army, the Israeli Defense Forces, the Indonesian Army and United Nations Peacekeeping operations. The bridges are capable of supporting large armored tanks and other heavy vehicles under a variety of conditions. They are durable and easy to maintain, and the components are easily transported and reused wherever a temporary or permanent bridge is needed. Designed for fast assembly and disassembly, the Acrow modular bridging solution is a portable system that can be used over and over again.

In addition to the supply of bridging systems, Acrow provides ongoing training to support the needs of military organizations worldwide. In the fall of 2017, Acrow conducted a two-week classroom and hands-on training at their facility in Lafayette, New Jersey with 20 members of the British Army’s 8th Engineer Brigade in anticipation of their upcoming deployment to Iraq to assist in the rebuilding of key infrastructure. The training included the assembly, launch and disassembly of a 120’-long (36.6 meter) XS700 bridge.

“Acrow modular panel bridges have key advantages for military forces, including strength of materials, ease of assembly and the ability to reuse the structure easily under field conditions,” said Acrow Bridge CEO Bill Killeen. “The result is a proven return on investment that provides our military partners with flexibility, redundancy and a capability that supports freedom of movement.”

About Acrow Bridge
Acrow Bridge has been serving the transportation and construction industries for more than 60 years with a full line of modular steel bridging solutions for vehicle, rail, military and pedestrian use. Acrow’s extensive international presence includes its leadership in the development and implementation of bridge infrastructure projects in over 80 countries, covering Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, please visit www.acrow.com.