Portugal Selects Pandur Armored Vehicle


Released on Thursday, December 9, 2004
Austria
Belgium
Kuwait
Portugal
Slovenia
Spain
Switzerland
United States of America
Pandur II 8x8
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 Steyr-Daimler-Puch 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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