The Luxembourg Government has announced plans to purchase 80 command liaison and reconnaissance vehicles (CLRVs) for its Army through the Nato Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).
Apart from enabling Luxembourg to acquire the vehicles, the NSPA will also support CLRV fleet life-cycle support requirements up to end-of-service-life.
The latest move seeks to replace the protected response vehicles and high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle fleet used by the Luxembourg Army.
NSPA general manager Stacy Cummings said: “Luxembourg had engaged NSPA to find the most efficient and effective solution to fulfil Luxembourg’s requirement for a modern ground fleet.
“The capability we have shaped in partnership with Luxembourg fully meets their requirements, in addition to providing interoperability with other Nato nations.”
With high ballistic and mine protection features, the multi-role CLRVs are expected to strengthen the operational capabilities of the country’s armed forces.
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The vehicle will be equipped with a remote weapon station and mission equipment based on the French SCORPION programme.
This will enable Luxembourg soldiers to maintain interoperability with global partners.
CLRV’s mission equipment commonality with those used in Belgium and France will also allow cooperation in the field of logistics, reducing fleet support costs.
Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister François Bausch said: “With the support of the NSPA, the Luxembourg Defence will acquire new CLRVs, meeting the latest military standards.
“Three points were essential in this project. First and foremost, the security and protection of our troops during a mission.
“Secondly, to modernise our equipment and thus increase operational capabilities and thirdly, to ensure interoperability within the Army and with our close allies.”
In May this year, Luxembourg signed a letter of intent with the NSPA to support the development of a future surveillance capability.