The Federal Office of German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) Equipment (BAAINBw) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) have signed an agreement on the procurement of seven LEGUAN bridge laying systems, based on LEOPARD 2 main battle tanks chassis, in Koblenz on 27 October 2016, worth approx. €88 million. 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, and enable the force to cross water obstacles and gaps in terrain, even with heavy machinery in military load class MLC80 (approx. 72 tonnes).
Germany had warranted this capability to NATO regarding its involvement in the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) as of 2019.
The LEGUAN system is capable of transporting and laying one 26m long bridge or alternatively two bridges with a length of 14m each. It is currently being used by five user nations, while a total of 17 countries operate the bridge laying system on different mobility platforms.