ASCOD Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2000 Total Production: 302 Unitary Cost: EUR€2.6 million (USD$2.8 million) Also Known As:ASCOD SV, Austrian-Spanish Co-Operative Development, Pizarro and Ulan Origin:Austria and Spain Corporations: General Dynamics
Description: The ASCOD (Austrian-Spanish Co-Operative Development) is a medium-weight infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) designed to meet the requirements of the Spanish and Austrian Armies. The ASCOD survivability on the battlefield is achieved through add-on armor and the hull's low profile. The armored chassis can accept a variety of gun systems such as 30mm and 105mm cannons, mortar or remote weapon stations. Besides, the ASCOD can integrate surface-to-air missiles and anti-tank missile systems. This armored vehicle received the Pizarro and Ulan designations in the Spanish and Austrian Armies respectively following its entry into service in the year 2000 and 2002. In March 2010, the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MoD) selected the ASCOD platform for its FRES Scout requirement under the Scout SV designation.
The ASCOD/Pizarro features a Mauser MK30-2 30mm main gun with secondary 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. The Pizarro Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) can transport up to eight infantryman inside the rear compartment with a crew of three-man (commander, driver and gunner). In addition to the IFV, a command post version of Pizarro was produced for the Spanish Army. The vehicle can easily be adapted to the recovery, repair, ambulance, forward observer and engineering roles. The Spanish Army had a requirement for 356 Pizarros with final deliveries due in 2012. The Austrian Army required 112 Ulans with deliveries between 2002 and 2004. The Pizarro armored vehicle achieved initial operational capability in 2000 with the Spanish Army.
Spain190 The program's original scope was for 356 armored vehicles but was slashed to 190. In May 2013 the Spanish Army took the decision to reduce the Pizarro fleet to only 117 armored vehicles due to budget cuts.