The LEGUAN System

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

Category: Mobile Bridges

The LEGUAN bridge layer's 26-m light-metal bridge can overcome almost 90% of these obstacles and where bank conditions, river bed and water current velocities permit, the LEGUAN bridge can also be laid in the form of tandem bridging. Obstacles with widths of as much as 39m can then be spanned.

LEGUAN bridgelayers can lay also two 14 m long MLC 80 bridges instead of the 26 m long bridge.

LEGUAN BridgeTechnical Data

The LEGUAN 26m Wheeled Vehicle

The 8 x 8 or 10 x 10 launcher vehicle with shifting frame enables laying of the 26 m long MLC 70 or MLC80 LEGUAN bridge in less than eight minutes.

The control of this unit is fully electronic. Horizontal laying ensures a low silhouette during the laying procedure. A two-man crew is needed for operating the bridge launcher. The LEGUAN bridge can be fully automatically launched.

LEGUAN AVLB (Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridge

The LEGUAN 26m AVLB (Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridge)

The 26m long MLC 70 or MLC 80 LEGUAN bridge or the two 14m bridges can also be launched from a tank chassis (MBT), such as: 

LEGUAN on Leopard 2 with 2 14 m bridgesThe LEGUAN 26m AVLB (Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridge)

Laying phases of 26m bridge on tank

Leopard 1 for the Norwegian, Belgian And Greek Armies
Leopard 2 for the Finish Army
M1A1/A2 “Wolverine” Heavy Assault Bridge (HAB) for the US Army
M60/M47 for the Spanish Army
PT91/T72 for the Malaysian Army

Features include:

  • Bridge laying in less than five minutes
  • Horizontal launching
  • Fully automatic launching through electronically controlled bridge laying system
  • One-man operation from within the vehicle and with hatch closed
  • Bridge laying/retrieval in darkness
  • EMC/ESD-protected components

LEGUAN Floating Bridge and Ferry (see separate article)

LEGUAN Floating Bridge and Ferry

The LEGUAN bridge can be provided with extra equipment so that it can be used as a MLC 30 or MLC 70 ferry. The LEGUAN bridge is placed by the bridgelaying vehicle or tank on pontoons for this application. Hydraulically adjusted ramps are added at the ends of the bridge for driving on and off the ferry.

The aluminium pontoons feature an integrated pump-jet drive which makes them highly manoeuvrable permitting movements in shallow water. Continuous crossing of vehicles and equipment is enabled by coupling the individual ferries together so that they form a floating bridge.