Dr. Kurt Braatz
Senior Vice President
Strategy and Corporate Communications
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has commissioned Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to supply additional Leguan bridge laying systems to the German Army. The contract covers 24 Leguan systems on the Leopard 2 chassis, training simulators, ancillary equipment and transport systems.
The bridge layers are expected to be delivered to the Bundeswehr between 2023 and 2028. The order volume amounts to approx. EUR 280 million.
The Leguan is capable of transporting and laying one bridge in the military load class MLC80 (about 72 tons) with a length of 26 metres, or alternatively two bridges with a length of 14 metres each, all under combat conditions. The Bundeswehr is thus further expanding its ability to ford water and cross gaps in terrain, even with heavy equipment. Germany had warranted this capability to NATO within the scope of its participation in the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). The Bundeswehr is thus making a major contribution to the future mobility of European NATO forces.
In total, armies from 19 different countries deploy the Leguan bridge laying system on the most diverse mobility platforms. The Leguan on Leopard 2 chassis has nine users.
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, a company belonging to the Franco-German defence technology group KNDS, is the market leader in Europe for heavily armoured wheel and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Brazil, Greece, United Kingdom, Mexico, Singapore and the USA, more than 4,000 employees develop, manufacture and support a comprehensive product portfolio. This ranges from air-transportable and heavily armoured wheeled vehicles (MUNGO, AMPV*, DINGO, GFF4 and BOXER*) to reconnaissance air defence and artillery systems (FENNEK, GEPARD, remote controlled howitzer 155, self-propelled howitzer 2000, DONAR* and AGM) to main battle tanks (LEOPARD 1 and 2), armoured infantry fighting vehicles (PUMA*) and bridge-laying systems. It also includes command and information systems as well as remote-controlled gun mounts with reconnaissance and observation equipment. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG also has extensive system expertise in the areas of civilian and military simulation. The armed forces of more than 50 countries around the world rely on KMW deployment systems.
* Joint projects with national and international partners Unless otherwise indicated, all products are registered trademarks of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG