German-American Cooperation for a New Armored Vehicle Family

(Washington, October 6, 2008) -- Europe's leading manufacturer of highly protected wheeled and tracked vehicles, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), and the United States prime technology developer, L-3 Communications Corporation, announced today a teaming on the world's first scalable armored vehicle platform F2US. The vehicle is being displayed at the exhibition of the Association of the US Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. In view of the increasingly rapid changes in military environments, it is the intent of both partners to jointly develop and market a US version (F2US) of KMW's new F2 vehicle family specifically to meet the challenging requirements of the US forces for a future tactical armored vehicle. A scalable vehicle architecture and system design of the F2US allows production of a family of variants in weight classes from 10 to 24 tons. The basic F2 vehicle powered by two independent engines was developed by KMW and will be equipped in the US version with high technology subsystems from L-3 Communications. "This cooperation between L-3 Communications and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann ideally unites the core competencies of both system houses," says Frank Haun, CEO and President of KMW. "On the basis of the F2 platform, together with the systems from L-3 Communications, we are in a leading position to meet the future needs for new vehicles on the US market." "We are looking forward to working with KMW to develop this new technology for the Army," said Charles J. Schafer, president of L-3's Products Group.

Source: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
Date: Oct 8, 2008

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