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The Bundeswehr will receive a further 24 Iguana bridge laying systems with chassis of the Leopard 2 battle tank. Only now, due to the corona, was it possible to sign the contract between the Ministry of Defense and the industry for the procurement of Iguana bridge laying systems.

The relevant Bundestag committees approved the corresponding 25 million euro bill on July 1st. The corona pandemic then extended the procedure for signing the contract, which otherwise only takes a few days, to three weeks.

The Federal Office for Equipment, Information and Use of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) has now commissioned the manufacturing company Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann to deliver a further 24 Iguana bridge laying systems with chassis of the Leopard 2 battle tank between 2023 and 2028. Since 2018, the Bundeswehr has received the first batch of seven battlefield bridges Iguana, which will contribute to the mobility of European NATO forces at the NATO spearhead (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, VJTF) in 2023. To complete the bridge systems, simulators for training, additional equipment and HX2 transport systems have been ordered.

The Leopard 2 chassis carries one or two iguana bridges and the hydraulic laying system. The bridge can largely be laid automatically at the front of the vehicle. The commander remains under armor protection. There are two bridge lengths available: 26 meters (load-bearing capacity: military load class MLC 100) and 14 meters (MLC 85). When bridging bodies of water and cuts, at least one meter of bridge length is required for the support, depending on the subsoil. The bridges can be laid overlapping in order to bridge larger obstacles.

Iguana bridge systems with various mobility platforms are used by armed forces in 19 countries. Nine nations use the Leopard 2 as a platform.

Gerhard Heiming