Only a few days after German and British military engineer units built the
350 m M3 bridge system over the Vistula River near Chelmno, Poland, as part of the NATO exercise Anakonda 2016, a second river crossing took place at the same location.
An IRB (Improved Ribbon Bridge) bridge system from General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) was constructed by U.S., German and Dutch bridging engineers.
The U.S. Army provided IRB bays for a total of 200 m of the 350 m floating bridge and it was operated by U.S. and German engineer units. The Dutch engineer company
provided the standard Ribbon bridge.
The IRB can be used as a full-span floating bridge or a multi-bay ferry for vehicles and equipment to cross a body of water.
The exercise Anakonda 2016, that took place from June 7-17, was a Polish Armed Forces-led multinational training exercise involving more than 31,000 participants from more than 20 nations