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Origin: United Kingdom
General Dynamics United Kingdom
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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 British Army Argus is a fully digitized, medium-weight, tracked engineering vehicle developed under the FRES initiative as the replacement for the CVR(T) fleet. Derived from the Scout PMRS platform is intended to serve as a front-line engineering vehicle. The Scout vehicle family features a service life of up to 30 years with a combat weight between 42 and 45 tons. All variants will share the same electronic architecture with ease of maintenance, training and lower costs through the life of the vehicles. The Scout SV vehicle family contract for up to 580 vehicles was awarded to General Dynamics UK in March 2010. The first Scout SV prototype was unveiled at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) held at Millbrook Proving Ground near Milton Keynes in June 25-26 2014.
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