GDELS Awarded New Contract for 100 EAGLE V 4x4 Vehicles for Germany
General Dynamics European Land Systems was awarded a contract by the German Procurement Agency, Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), for the delivery of 100 EAGLE V Protected Command Vehicles for the “GFF Klasse 2” Program. This contract includes an option for the purchase of 76 additional vehicles.
The EAGLE V is a further development of the EAGLE IV fleet, already in service. The EAGLE V features a larger payload capacity and increased crew protection at the same level of mobility. The total cost of ownership of these vehicles will be reduced through the EAGLE Family of Vehicles concept, with its high degree of commonality, maintenance-friendly design and proven support solutions.
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The vehicles will be jointly manufactured in Kreuzlingen (Switzerland) and Kaiserslautern (Germany). Deliveries will start in 2013 and continue throughout 2015, if the option is exercised.
After thorough testing by the Bundeswehr at their proving grounds, the EAGLE V fulfilled all requirements, demonstrating its high agility, tactical mobility, survivability and its suitability for the entire mission spectrum for this class of vehicles.
The Protected Command Vehicles can be used for various missions by applying modular add-on kits. In addition to the high level of crew protection, the substantial payload capability is designed to fulfil future requirements.
Due to its ergonomic design and usability the EAGLE V is easy to handle and has low training costs.
Lifecycle costs of the vehicle fleet are further minimized by a high degree of logistic commonality of approximately 80% among the EAGLE V (4x4 and 6x6), the EAGLE IV and the DURO IIIP tactical truck.
Source : General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD)