The Government of Portugal has entered negotiations with General Dynamics
European Land Combat Systems to achieve a production agreement for up to 260
Pandur II 8x8 armored combat vehicles.
The production contract has a potential value of roughly €344
million ($431 million) with deliveries to the end customers, the Portuguese Navy
and Army, planned to begin in 2006. The program will be managed by
Spezialfahrzeug AG & Co KG based in Vienna, Austria. Steyr was the original contractor responsible for Pandur
II family of armored vehicles development and production until it was acquired
by General Dynamics.
Pandur II is a family of medium weight, amphibious, armored combat vehicles
designed to perform a wide range of missions on the battlefield. The resulting
vehicles have been optimized for superior mobility, survivability, rapid
deployment and reduced maintenance in the most demanding scenario. To date,
Pandur II, which entered service in the middle 1990s, has been ordered by
Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, Kuwait, United States and now Portugal.
To do so, the
vehicle includes two steered axles, an independent suspension system, and run
flat tires for advanced mobility, a high-level of embedded armor protection,
spall liners for crew compartments, and drivetrain and
steering linkages within the hull for superior survivability. Maintenance and
repair can be conducted faster and easily thanks to a centralized diagnostic
computer. Furthermore, the power plant can be replaced by a new one in
approximately 30 minutes.
General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems, a business unit of General
Dynamics, is based in Vienna, Austria, and consists of three companies: MOWAG AG
of Kreuzlingen, Switzerland; General Dynamics Santa Barbara Sistemas of Madrid,
Spain; and Steyr-Daimler-Puch
Spezialfahrzeug GmbH of Vienna, Austria.
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