(June 5, 2008) -- Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Munich, and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), Vienna, are teaming to develop and market a new generation, air deployable, autonomous and remotely operated 155mm artillery system. The system addresses the growing need for precise indirect fire capabilities that can augment or even replace close-air-support operations previously conducted by costly fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft.
Frank Haun, CEO of KMW, and John C. Ulrich, President of General Dynamics European Land Systems, share the value of this partnership: "We share the value of the collaboration. This program it is a significant innovation and will benefit all."
The KMW / GD ELS system, called the DONAR, provides capabilities that will change conventional artillery doctrine. DONAR not only reduces crew and logistics requirements, but also provides for autonomous operations. The system is targeted to replace legacy systems (e.g., M109, AS90, K9, etc.) in service with modern armies.
A first prototype has already undergone rigorous mobility and fire trials at the test facility of the German procurement agency BWB (Bundesamt fur Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung), and will be displayed during this year's defence exhibition EUROSATORY in Paris, France.
The DONAR is a joint European technology program of GD ELS and KMW that utilizes specific resources and shared skills between the companies, creating true value for European and international defence forces. The joint effort also follows the growing European trend towards enhanced multinational industry cooperation in the land system sector.