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Bundeswehr intends to replace "Beavers" on "Iguan"


The Bundeswehr plans to replace all of the existing Biber self-propelled bridge pavers with more modern Leguan. By the way, in German, Biber means “beaver”, and Leguan means “iguana”.

It is reported by the Polish edition of Defense 24.

The new bridge layers are able to support the weight of even the heaviest varieties tanks "Leopard".

The Budget Commission agreed to sign an agreement to supply Leguan self-propelled axles on the Leopard 2 chassis for the German armed forces. The Bundeswehr will pay about 24 million euros for the 330 bridge layers along with a set of auxiliary equipment and spare parts. The contractor will be KMW.

Leguan consists of two spans, due to which it can be used to prepare two bridges with a length of 14 meters or one 26-meter. According to the manufacturer, the bridge preparation takes no more than five minutes. Through it, vehicles weighing more than 70 tons can be transported, which in practice means the possibility of transporting even the heaviest 3rd generation tanks like Leopard 2A7 with reinforced armor.

Acquired bridges will replace legacy Biber systems with the Leopard 1 chassis, which have lower payloads, which the Bundeswehr has been using since 1975.
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  1. yfast
    yfast 4 July 2020 12: 36
    Again gathered in Stalingrad on the Leopards?
    1. Deniska999
      Deniska999 4 July 2020 12: 43
      Unless in your fantasies ...
      1. Shurik70
        Shurik70 4 July 2020 16: 06
        "Informs the Polish edition".
        Can you even trust him?
        The Poles are biased, especially when it comes to Russians or Germans.
    2. Aaron Zawi
      Aaron Zawi 4 July 2020 13: 29
      Quote: yfast
      Again gathered in Stalingrad on the Leopards?

      The Bundeswehr today is inferior in combat potential even to the Polish Army. And in general, while it is only decreasing.
  2. alone
    alone 4 July 2020 12: 37
    A very normal equipment for the engineering troops ... for 10 + million euros apiece
  3. Paranoid50
    Paranoid50 4 July 2020 12: 38
    Aha, therefore, "beavers" are becoming a museum rarity. So we must take it. yes I, in fact, about this:
  4. VicktorVR
    VicktorVR 4 July 2020 14: 35
    Some painfully complicated "mechanics". What if dirt / other foreign matter gets in?
  5. bubasa
    bubasa 4 July 2020 15: 51
    and they don’t want to touch the beavers and iguanas, but immediately switch to foxes? ;)
  6. Klingon
    Klingon 4 July 2020 16: 15
    chassis of the leopard-2 tank is the best in europe so far
  7. lvov_aleksey
    lvov_aleksey 6 July 2020 02: 10
    26 meters ?! how boring, how it used to sound - not every Dnieper bird will fly, but there is still a great Russian river Volga