Rheinmetall has been awarded a €31 million
(approximately $39 million) contract for the supply of 32 Wiesel 2 mobile
command post vehicles for German Army/Bundeswehr special operations forces.
Deliveries of the 32 Wiesel 2 air droppable light armored vehicles will begin in
2005. Final deliveries are scheduled by 2007 with 16 additional vehicles options
to be delivered in 2008.
This contract is added to a previous contract worth 4 million (approx. $5
million) awarded in April 2004 for 4 Wiesel 2 configured as combat engineer and
air droppable Wiesel 2, an improved model of Wiesel lightweight armored vehicle
introduced in 1990, was introduced in 1996 and the mobile command post
represents the sixth version ordered by the German Army. The latest version
includes state-of-the-art electronics supporting decentralized command tasks and
computer-supported operations. In addition, its lightweight armored chassis and
all-terrain features allow rapid deployment of these vehicles through freighters
or CH-53 helicopters to operate in a wide range of environments.
The Wiesel and Wiesel 2 along with other types of vehicles have been delivered
to German Division of Special Operations (DSO) where they can demonstrate their
airmobile operations suitability such as the fast deployment carried out in
Afghanistan within the ISAF.
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