Venezuelan Army restores its Leguan MLC 80 assault bridge launchers
According to Carlos E. Hernandez in Infodefensa, the 6th Corps of Engineers of the Venezuelan Army is advancing in the execution of the Project for the Restoration, Removal and Rehabilitation of its Lanza Puente Leguan System, which is part of the recovery plan for more than 500 weapon systems that the land component is carrying out.
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Leguan mobile assault bridge system mounted on 8x8 truck chassis. (Picture source KMW )
The work is carried out at the facilities of the 61st Engineer Conditioning 'Brigade General Agustín Codazzi’, based at Fort Tiuna in Caracas.
The Leguan MLC 80, designed and developed by the German firm Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), is an assault bridge launcher system installed on a wheeled or tracked vehicle. The 26-meter-long electronically controlled bridge can be positioned and retracted automatically, generally in approximately five minutes.
At the end of the 1980s, the Venezuelan Army acquired, directly from the German manufacturer, ten Leguan MLC 80 bridge launcher systems based on an 8x8 truck from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV). They were originally assigned to the 4107 Combat Engineer Company of the 41st Armored Brigade and later transferred to a Combat Engineer Battalion.