In 1984, the Eisenwerke Kaiserslautern (EWK) company began the study to replace the M2 Alligator amphibious bridging vehicle within the German Armed Forces. For this purpose, it was designed a vehicle similar to the previous one but with greater load capacity and a faster and simpler assembly system. In 1992 a prototype designated as “SSB M3 ” was presented by EWK. SSB is the acronym for “Schwimm Schnell Brücke” or “Quick Floating Bridge”. Soon after, in 1994, production of the first 68 vehicles began. This batch was distributed between the Bundeswehr (30) and the British Army (38). Finally, in 1996 the new vehicle entered service with both armies. Each SSB M3 has three deployable aluminium pontoons that can be joined together by means of connectors or “ramps” to form long floating bridges. The SSB M3 rig goes directly into the water, where it is propelled by 2 fully traversable pump jets. Once there, deploys the pontoons to be joined, or carry the vehicles on top of it, playing the role of a ferry to go from shore to shore.

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Country of origin



Eisenwerke Kaiserslautern (EWK)


Bridging & ferrying system

Entered service




Combat weight

25,300 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

12.82 x 3.35 x 3.97 meters

Power plant

1 x KHD DF8L513C diesel engine, 347 hp


80 km/h on road – 14 km/h on water


725 km