FALLS CHURCH, Va., 13 Dec. 2005. MOWAG GmbH, a part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems, has signed an agreement with the German company Rheinmetall Landsysteme, GmbH, Kassel (RLS) to provide 100 Duro IIIP state-of-the-art 6x6 multi-purpose wheeled armored vehicles to be used by the German Bundeswehr (armed forces).
The Duro IIIPs will replace unarmored vehicles currently in service and provide protection against ballistic threats and landmines, with space for up to 10 soldiers.
The vehicles will be delivered to RLS between 2006 and 2008. RLS will install mission modules on the vehicles, in several configurations: 31 for medical services, 23 for military police, 21 for bomb disposal, and 25 Duros with other mission-specific modules.
"This Duro order is impressive proof of the performance and reliability of our vehicle, which has proven to be valuable to the German Bundeswehr on its peace-keeping mission in Afghanistan," said Simon T. Honess, chief executive officer of MOWAG.
This is the second order for Duros from the German Bundeswehr. MOWAG also delivered 31 Duro IIIPs between 2004 and 2005.
MOWAG GmbH of Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, develops, designs, and manufactures technologically advanced special vehicles for military use. More than 12,000 armored wheeled vehicles of the MOWAG Piranha, MOWAG Eagle, and MOWAG Duro series are fielded all over the world. MOWAG is part of the General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems group, and employs more than 500 people at its Kreuzlingen location. For more information, see www.mowag.ch.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 71,900 people worldwide and had 2004 revenue of $19.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation. For more information, see www.generaldynamics.com.