General Dynamics wins Swiss contract for EAGLE reconnaissance vehicles

6 December 2019 (Last Updated December 6th, 2019 14:22)

General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag (GDELS) has signed a contract with armasuisse to deliver 100 EAGLE 6×6 reconnaissance vehicles for the Swiss Army.

General Dynamics wins Swiss contract for EAGLE reconnaissance vehicles
General Dynamics to deliver EAGLE reconnaissance vehicles for the Swiss Army. Credit: General Dynamics European Land Systems.

General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag (GDELS) has signed a contract with armasuisse to deliver 100 EAGLE 6×6 reconnaissance vehicles for the Swiss Army.

The Swiss federal office for defence procurement, armasuisse, has selected the EAGLE 6×6 after an international competition.

The vehicles will be part of the tactical reconnaissance system ‘TASYS’, which will gather intelligence for the Swiss Armed Forces.

TASYS will also be used to support the civil authorities.

The system will comprise an EAGLE V 6×6 carrier vehicle, a data processing system and a multi-sensor system on a telescopic mast.

According to GDELS, the armoured EAGLE V 6×6 TASYS will feature a remotely controlled weapon station.

The vehicle will offer enough payload reserves for future improvements, including the installation of additional sensors.

General Dynamics will begin production of the EAGLE V 6×6 TASYS in 2020 and field the vehicles between 2023 and 2025.

The EAGLE V 4×4 vehicle is being used extensively in Denmark and Germany.

Available in 4×4 and 6×6 variants, the EAGLE V is among the most modern protected wheeled vehicles in its class.

The vehicle has already established its efficiency and reliability in several military missions.

GDELS said that the power reserves of the EAGLE make it an ideal platform to meet current and future requirements.

Besides providing protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the EAGLE V 6×6 offers a high payload and a large transport volume despite compact dimensions.

The axle and drive system of the EAGLE V ensures off-road mobility and on-road driving safety.

The EAGLE V 4×4 was developed into the EAGLE V 6×6 variant due to operational experience and factors such as increased useful volume, more payload, compact exterior dimensions, high mobility and maximised protection.

General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag managing director and wheeled vehicles vice-president Oliver Dürr said: “We are very proud that the Swiss Army is the first customer to introduce the EAGLE V 6×6.”