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.
KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems) is the result of the association of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter, two of the leading European manufacturers of military land systems based in Germany and France.
KNDS forms a Group of around 9,000 employees, with a 2022 turnover of 3.2 billion euro, an order backlog of around 11 billion euro and incoming orders of 3.4 billion euro. The range of its products includes main battle tanks, armored vehicles, artillery systems, weapons systems, ammunition, military bridges, customer services, battle management systems, training solutions, protection solutions and a wide range of equipment.
The formation of KNDS represents the beginning of consolidation in land defense systems industry in Europe. The strategic alliance between KMW and Nexter enhances both groups’ competitiveness and international positions, as well as their ability to meet the needs of their respective national army. In addition, it offers to its European and NATO customers the opportunity of increased standardization and interoperability for their defense equipment, with a dependable industrial base.
KNDS headquarters are based in Amsterdam.