GDELS to supply 34 PANDUR 6x6 vehicles to Austria

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) signed a contract on 22 December 2016 with the Austrian Ministry of Defense to deliver 34 additional PANDUR 6×6 vehicles.

The Austrian Ministry of Defense first purchased 71 PANDUR 6×6 in 1994. Since then, the vehicles have been successfully operated in the country and on several international peace keeping missions abroad.

The modernised version of the PANDUR 6×6 vehicles will be completely manufactured in Austria and the first vehicle will be delivered in 2018.

The high domestic content in these vehicles secures jobs and supports the local economy with approximately 179 sub-suppliers as part of the programme.

In addition to a new power pack, the PANDUR 6×6 will have significantly higher ballistic and mine protection. Additionally, a modern remotely controlled weapon station will be integrated into the vehicle.

"We are very proud to receive this contract from the Austrian Ministry of Defense because it illustrates the confidence and satisfaction of the Austrian Armed Forces.

"Austria is a very important home market for General Dynamics European Land Systems and we value our long-lasting partnership with the Austrian customer," said Dr Thomas Kauffmann, Vice President of GDELS.

"This contract shows a high domestic content and secures hundreds of jobs in Austria," said Mag. Martin Reischer, Managing Director of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr, the Austrian-based subsidiary of GDELS.