TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected as supplier for General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for the delivery of lightweight and modular armour systems for a total of 176 vehicles for the German Bundeswehr to be supplied by 2015.
The TenCate armour systems to be supplied, represent a very weight-efficient way of significantly increasing the survivability of the people inside the vehicles and represent cutting-edge technology and engineering. The solutions are engineered to fit the EAGLE V perfectly to ensure maximum protection and minimum weight.
Steen Tanderup, Managing Director TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA & APAC, states: “We are very pleased to be selected as supplier for GDELS for this project. The EAGLE V for the German Army is a great match for TenCate lightweight protection solutions, and we are proud to contribute to the exceptional performance of the vehicle”.
The EAGLE V 4x4 is a further development of the EAGLE IV vehicle, which has been successfully in service with the German Bundeswehr since 2009. The EAGLE V features a larger payload capacity and increased crew protection at the same level of mobility. After thorough testing on Bundeswehr owned proving grounds, the EAGLE V was qualified according to customer requirements and demonstrated its high agility, tactical mobility and outstanding protection level. Thanks to the modular protection system, the EAGLE V offers a very high level of protection against ballistic threats, mines, and IEDs. In addition to the very high level of crew protection, the substantial payload capability is designed to fulfill future requirements.
In February 2014 the German Procurement Agency, Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), has purchased an additional 76 vehicles from General Dynamics European Land Systems. The contract with BAAINBw for the delivery of 100 EAGLE V 4x4 Protected Command Vehicles for the GFF Klasse 2 Program including the option for these 76 vehicles was signed in June 2013.
The cooperation between TenCate and GDELS has evolved since the late 1990s and has resulted in the successful development and supply of armour solutions for a number of projects involving PIRANHA, DURO and EAGLE vehicles for several countries globally, where the lightweight armour systems of TenCate has helped achieve the survivability requirements set forth by the customers without impairing overall vehicle performance and operability.