The ASCOD is a versatile and powerful land platform for current and future operation theatres, presently serving in NATO countries.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) provides tracked vehicles, wheeled vehicles, bridges, artillery, and ammunition for the land combat systems sector.
GDELS is a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation, which conducts its business through European operating sites located in Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and now Czech Republic.
With more than 2,200 highly skilled technical employees and as one of the European leaders in the land combat systems sector. Moreover, it has a dynamic network of R&D centers and provides its global customer base an integrated logistics support, including operating theatres.
Wheeled and tracked vehicles, bridging systems and artillery with worldwide integrated logistics
The firm’s main products comprise armored wheeled vehicles (PIRANHA, PANDUR, EAGLE, DURO), armored tracked vehicles (ASCOD), bridging systems (M3, IRB, REBS, IAB, MTB,…), artillery systems (SIAC) and large-calibre ammunitions (direct / indirect fire).
General Dynamics European Land Systems
Mine-resistant protected family of vehicles with highest mobility
The EAGLE is based on the advanced DURO chassis technology. More than 5,000 units are fielded worldwide.
This family of vehicles offers the highest level of commonalities within the GDELS fleet of light tactical vehicles. The military off-the-shelf product features very high payload versus low gross vehicle weight (GVW). The vehicle is the best in class protection level and provides exceptional mobility.
Using cutting-edge technologies and innovative concepts, in the design of the crew cell and its mission modules, has set a new survivability standard for light tactical vehicles.
It includes certified and proven protection against mine, improvised explosive device (IED) and ballistic threats. The modularity of the vehicle allows it to be adapted to new threats encountered in-theatre.
The forthcoming 6×6 member increases the family of vehicles to include a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) alternative type, 15t highly protected 6×6 armored personnel carrier (up to 2+9 passengers), while also delivering outstanding growth potential.
By using one platform covering all needs, the EAGLE family allows reduction of the through life support cost of the entire fleet.
The versatility and modularity allows for the optimum balance between strategic mobility, weight and protection, as well as tactical and operational mobility, modularity and flexibility.
The EAGLE is the vehicle of choice, allowing soldiers to use the four tactical methods without any constraint: offensive, defensive, security, and assistance. These factors usually hinder innovation.
Multi-role vehicles for stabilisation and the battlefield
The PIRANHA family of vehicles offers the features and performance required of a modern, multi-role vehicle. It is well-suited to practically any battlefield and peace enforcement or stabilisation role anywhere in the world.
The PIRANHA includes the modular family approach with identical features throughout all vehicle versions. It offers a payload versus gross vehicle weight (GVW), which is unrivalled on today’s vehicle market, with respect to protection levels, internal volume, and constant excellent mobility.
PIRANHA has been developed to take advantage of the latest technologies to deliver class-leading survivability, capacity, and mobility, with low through-life costs and inherent growth capacity.
It is the best fully covered protected 8×8 vehicle available, including next-generation highest levels of survivability against conventional or asymmetric threats (mine, improvised explosive device and ballistic protection), with a modular concept, integrated from the design phase, and fulfilling all battlefield roles. These include infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), armored personnel carriers (APCs), and command.
Denmark has selected this platform after a demanding competitive tender including trials.
PIRANHA vehicles also offer an extraordinary level of cross-country mobility based in the suspension, in combination with a high output power pack, fourth-axle steering, and integrated driver support systems. These ensure the highest level of terrain accessibility and the best agility.
Tracked armored fighting vehicles with high load potential
The ASCOD FoV (family of vehicles) is the perfect answer to the changing tactical challenges of medium weight armored vehicles. It is composed by the ASCOD and the ASCOD. The first, is the latest version of the Pizarro and Ulan and is in service in Spain and Austria. The ASCOD 42 is the selected platform for the UK as SCOUT SV and is now in production.
The ASCOD FoV is an affordable state-of-the-art modular vehicle that has all roles under one platform, ready for decisive action, airborne capable, with a high power-to-weight ratio and growth potential to choose between mobility, fire power or survivability. It is the best in its class protection. It has a worldwide instrument landing system (ILS), designed taking into consideration all its life cycle.
Floating and dry-gap bridge systems
GDELS-Germany’s leading position on the market has been determined by amphibious vehicles, floating and dry-gap bridge systems, with its designs meeting the technical and operational requirements of its users. They are currently in use in more than 20 countries.
With the M3 amphibious bridging and ferrying system and the Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB), the company offers today’s most modern and fastest floating bridge systems.
Rapidly Emplaced Bridge System (REBS) is an air-transportable dry-gap bridge for light and medium forces, which provides crossing capability for gaps up to 13m. MTB is a modular, all-purpose solution that provides bridge lengths of up to 8m for maximum loads of MLC40.
Armaments and large-calibre ammunition for military use
The fourth functional division of GDELS includes the design and manufacture of a wide range of armaments and large-calibre ammunition. GDELS-SBS is a world-class centre of excellence in the artillery field. It is currently producing the towed 155/52 SIAC howitzer, which is in service with the Spanish and other international armed forces.
In the missile sector, GDELS-SBS produces, integrates, and assembles many of the components of several state of the art missiles (Spike, Meteor, etc.). In the ammunition line, it manufactures a wide range of large-calibre ammunition (for direct and indirect fire), along with powder and propellants.
Industry-leading customer service
We are famous for our top-quality bridge systems, wheeled and tracked vehicles, as well as our industry-leading product and customer service. In this regard, we focus on reliability, flexibility and efficiency.
Our Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) is customised to the individual requirements of the customer-specific mission profile. Experienced and trained staff ensure professional support both during the procurement phase and also in operation and deployment, both in the home country and abroad.
In addition to our own vehicles, we are also a certified repair and maintenance business for other military vehicles.
PIRANHA 3 and 5 wheeled vehicles from GDELS. The PIRANHA 3 follows in the tradition of the proven PIRANHA vehicle concept and the PIRANHA 5 is a highly mobile, armoured multi-role wheeled vehicle with a high payload and a large internal volume.
In terms of loading capacity, construction time, cross-country and marine maneuverability the M3 is the world’s leading Amphibious Bridging and Ferrying System.
The IRB provides wet-gap crossing capability for today’s highly mobile combat forces. It is designed to carry heavy combat vehicles and trucks up to MLC 80(T) / 96(W) as a floating bridge or multi-bay ferry.
The MAMBA is a modular lightweight foot bridge for infantry, airborne and special operation forces. The bridge modules are made of high-tensile aluminium extrusions.
The PYTHON is an aluminum-made light dry-gap bridge system which has been designed to meet the operational requirements for an air-transportable rapidly deployable bridge system in support of mechanized combat units with wheeled and tracked vehicles up to MLC 50.
The modular design concept of the EAGLE provides a high commonality between 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles, and allows a flexible configuration of many different mission variants.
The newly developed COBRA is a flexible armoured assault bridge for medium-weight wheeled and tracked armored vehicles. Based on its special design the bridge can be modified for the requirements of the customer and the designated carrier vehicle. The COBRA is fully operable under armour.
With over three decades of experience in design, production, testing and logistic support GDELS maintains more than 700 PANDUR platforms worldwide. Two thirds of them are operated by NATO member countries.
The PIRANHA family of vehicles offers the features and performances required of a modern multirole vehicle, which is well suited to practically any battlefield or peace-keeping/ peace enforcing role anywhere in the world.
ASCOD modularity and interoperability is based in its Common Base Platform (CBP) which provides adaptability, scalability and fit to customer needs, while assuring remarkable cost-efficient maintenance and worldwide ILS.
The increased need for a self-sufficient gap-crossing capability for ground forces has led to the development of the VIPER, an aluminium-made modular lightweight trackway bridge for military and commercial vehicles up to MLC 40 that can be connected to form bridge lengths of 4, 6 or 8 m.
The PIRANHA V 8×8 is the fifth-generation of the family of Piranha wheeled utility vehicles and was developed by General Dynamics, using private venture funding. It was initially designed specifically to meet the UK armed forces’ future rapid effect system (FRES) requirements.
PIRANHA III is a family of armoured wheeled vehicles developed by Mowag MotoraPIRANHA III is a family of armoured wheeled vehicles developed by Mowag Motorwagenfabriken of Switzerland, now part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems (ELCS).wagenfabriken of Switzerland.
PIRANHA 3+, a new generation, armoured, wheeled vehicle of the PIRANHA family, was unveiled at the EUROSATORY Land and Airland Defence and Security international exhibition held in Paris, France, in June 2014.
ATTV (Air Transportable Tactical Vehicle) is a new super light tactical vehicle being built by the Dutch firm Defenture for use in the military and special forces operations.
Eagle 6x6 is a light tactical vehicle manufactured by General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag. The vehicle was displayed for the first time in June 2012 at the Eurosatory 2012 exhibition in Paris.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced today it has agreed to provide the M3 Amphibious Bridge and Ferry System to Latvia. Latvia will be the newest NATO customer to receive the system.
Republic of Korea selects General Dynamics European Land Systems’ amphibious bridge and ferry system
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced today that it and its partner, Hanwha Defense Corporation (HDC), have been selected by Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to jointly produce 110 amphibious bridging vehicles for the Republic of Korea Army.
Vienna - the Austrian Ministry of Defense awarded a contract on October 30, 2020 to General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr for the delivery of 30 PANDUR 6x6 Evolution (Evo) wheeled armored vehicles.
General Dynamics European Land Systems awarded €733 million contract for 348 Spanish 8×8 combat vehicles
The Spanish Ministry of Defense today awarded a €1.74 billion (USD $2.06 billion) contract to a joint venture of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) and three other companies to deliver 348 8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), their maintenance and life cycle support, as well as support their international commercialization.
Berlin / Kaiserslautern-General Dynamics European Land Systems has been awarded a contract by the German procurement agency BAAINBw for the delivery of 80 highly protected EAGLE 6x6 vehicles for the German Army's ambulance corps.
General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag announced today that it signed a contract with armasuisse on November 18th, 2019, for the delivery of 100 protected EAGLE 6x6 reconnaissance vehicles for the Swiss Army.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has announced the acquisition of FWW Fahrzeugwerk GmbH (FWW), a qualified maintenance and service provider for the German Army and other international customers.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) will present four new offerings at the EUROSATORY Defense & Security International Exhibition 2018, between 11-15 June in Paris, Hall 5A - Stand No. E839.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) will present a new variant of its advanced 8x8 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle PIRANHA IFV, at the XIII International Defence Exhibition HEMUS 2018 between 30 May and 2 June in Plodiv, Bulgaria.
Today, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) signed a contract to deliver up to 227 PIRANHA 5 wheeled armoured vehicles in six different configurations to the Romanian Armed Forces.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has been awarded a supply contract for the Danish Army’s new 4x4 Armoured Patrol Vehicle programme (APV).
GDELS Signs Agreements with Five Czech Companies in Connection with Czech Republic’s New Tracked Vehicle Programme
The Czech Republic Government has a requirement to replace its legacy fleet of tracked armoured vehicles with modern infantry fighting vehicles.
General Dynamics European Land Systems Handover the First PIRANHA Wheeled-Armoured Vehicle to Denmark
The PIRANHA, the latest member of the PIRANHA family of 8x8 wheeled vehicles of General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), which has been selected by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) for the Armoured Personal Carrier (APC) requirement, enters the next stage in the procurement program.
On April 27, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) and its partner General Dynamics Mission Systems and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems successfully conducted a three-day vehicle demonstration and live firing event with a PIRANHA Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced that it has signed a contract for the production and delivery of the latest variant of the M3 Amphibious Bridge and Ferry System for a customer in south-east Asia.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) signed a contract on 22 December 2016 with the Austrian Ministry of Defense to deliver 34 additional PANDUR 6x6 vehicles.
General Dynamics European Land Systems has been awarded a contract to deliver a fifth batch of additional PIRANHA III 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles to the Romanian Armed Forces.
The German Army's 130th Engineer Battalion (PzPiBtl 130) personal and the British Army's 23rd Engineer Troops combined engineer unit operated the longest M3 floating bridge ever built to allow NATO forces to cross the Vistula river near Chełmno, Poland.
General Dynamics European Land Systems will display the new PIRANHA 3+, recently selected by the Swiss Army for its Mortar Carrier program, during the EUROSATORY exhibition in Paris, from 13-17 June 2016 in Hall 5 / Booth G847.
General Dynamics European Land Systems Presents Two New Vehicles at EUROSATORY 2016: PIRANHA 3+ and DURO 4×4
General Dynamics European Land Systems will present its latest tracked and wheeled vehicle technology and premier two new vehicles at the EUROSATORY 2016 exhibition in Paris in June 2016: the new PIRANHA 3+, recently selected by the Swiss Army, and the new DURO 4X4, a revival of a legend.
In April, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) and Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) successfully demonstrated the load of a PIRANHA 5 8x8 Armoured Personal Carrier (APC) into an Airbus A400M cargo aircraft during an evaluation exercise.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has signed a contract with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organisation (DALO) for the delivery of 309 PIRANHA 5 Armoured Personal Carriers (APC) in six variants (Infantry, Command, Ambulance, Engineer, Mortar and Repair), as well as a multi-year sustainment contract for the through life support of the vehicles in the future.
The Danish Army has awarded a multi-year framework contract to General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) to provide ongoing support for its fleet of PIRANHA 3, DURO IIIP and EAGLE IV vehicles.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) will deliver the initial batch of the Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) to Sweden in November.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has signed a USD$28 million contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DOD) for the production and delivery of the Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) under the Land 155 programme for enhanced gap crossing equipment.
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