KMW Delivers First Two Leguan Bridge Layer Systems to Netherlands

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) transferred the first two Leguan bridge layer systems to the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) during a celebratory handover ceremony.

The Netherlands opted for a bilateral procurement approach with Germany in 2016 and ordered a total of eight Leguan CSB (Close Support Bridge) on Leopard 2 chassis, additional equipment and training simulators. The final system will be delivered to the Netherlands in 2021.

Leguan bridge layer system

Leguan bridge layer system was developed from the older Biber system which has been in service with the German Army since the 1970s. The Biber system is mounted on the Leopard 1 chassis while Leguan system is primarily mounted on the newer Leopard 2 chassis.

The Leguan bridge layer can configure one bridge of 26 meters length or two of 14 meters length. The system can overcome obstacles with a width of up to 24 (26 m long bridge) or 12 meters (14 m long bridge). The laying system has been designed in such a way that, when changing from a 26 to 14-meter bridge, no retrofitting is necessary.and the laying process doesn’t require any further adaptations to the vehicle.

The automatic laying and loading system can lay a bridge horizontally in approximately 5 minutes (14-meter bridge) and 6 minutes (26-meter bridge) by a single person inside the vehicle. The low silhouette of the vehicle remains preserved during this procedure. The loading of the bridge takes 8 minutes with the 26-meter bridge and only 7 with the 14-meter bridge.

The system is capable of laying bridges at day and night, thanks to a distance measuring instrument, a thermal imaging device as well as a CCD camera.

KMW created the Leguan tank-launched bridge system for the Norwegian, Greek, Belgian, Chilean and Turkish Armed Forces on the basis of the LEOPARD 1 chassis. The Leguan system can however also be adapted onto other new or used tank chassis frames.

For example, the system is in operation, mounted onto following tracked vehicle chassis frames:

+ Leopard 2 for the Finnish Armed Forces,
+ M60/M47 for the Spanish Armed Forces,
+ Polish T91/T72 for the Malaysian Armed Forces,
+ M1A1/A2 ‚Wolverine‘ Heavy Assault Bridge (HAB) for the U.S. Armed Forces

The laying system can also be carried by wheeled vehicles, such as the 8×8 vehicle by MAN or the 10×10 vehicle by the Finnish company SISU.

Denmark recently signed an agreement with KMW for the procurement of seven Leguan bridge layer systems on Leopard 2 chassis.

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