German Army Buys Seven Leopard 2-Based Leguan Bridge Laying Systems

Released on Friday, October 28, 2016
Leopard 2 A4
BAAINBw - Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support
KMW - Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
VJTF - Very High Readiness Joint Task Force
Munich/Koblenz, 28 October 2016. - The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) have signed an agreement on the procurement of seven Leguan bridge laying systems on the Leopard 2 chassis in Koblenz on 27.10.2016. The project also includes transport systems as well as training simulators and ancillary equipment. The vehicles will be supplied to the Bundeswehr between 2018 and 2021. The total order volume amounts to roughly EUR 88 million.

This will enable the Bundeswehr to cross water obstacles and gaps in terrain, even with heavy machinery in military load class MLC80 (approx. 72 tons). Germany had warranted this capability to NATO regarding its involvement in the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) as of 2019. The system is capable of transporting and laying one 26 metre long bridge or alternatively two bridges with a length of 14 metres each.

The Leguan on Leopard 2 chassis is now being used by five user nations. A total of 17 countries operate the Leguan bridge laying system on different mobility platforms.

Source: LEGUAN - Bridge-layer for the German Bundeswehr

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