Germany Buys Protected Vehicles from GD

by: Matthew Potter
December 27, 2010

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Due to the mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat that became so common in Iraq and Afghanistan many of the world’s military are equipping themselves with uparmored vehicles for most role and missions. The U.S. especially bought thousands of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for engineering, troop transport and combat support roles. They also redesigned the ubiquitous HUMVEE light truck to carry more armor. Now as new vehicles are designed and acquired a level of armoring much beyond what was in the last generation is now expected.

It is because of this situation that General Dynamics (GD) was able to win a contract from Germany for a further 195 EAGLE vehicles in a contract worth over $160 million. This order brings the total of these vehicles bought for use by the German Army and police to almost six hundred.

The market for this type of vehicle has become bigger later as the U.S. plans to buy the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) and Australia and the U.K. to buy new light trucks. All will possess a level of armor and survivability design much higher then military systems of the past.

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