Morgan Advanced Materials has been contracted by FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft to supply armour systems for the German Army’s WIESEL 1 Armoured Weapons Carrier (AWC) vehicle.
The contract requires Morgan’s Composites and Defence Systems business to initially supply its CAMAC armour and survivability package for three variants of the WIESEL 1 platform, as part of an upgrade programme.
The CAMAC armour is claimed to increase survivability for the platform and crew with minimal additional weight, allowing the Wiesel vehicle to maintain high levels of air transportability and ground manoeuvrability.
Morgan Composites and Defence Systems president Duncan Eldridge said: “Being selected to provide a complete armour system for the Wiesel upgrade project is an exciting prospect for Morgan, we are delighted to be working with FFG to support the German Army.
“The WIESEL 1 Armoured Weapons Carrier is a vehicle built with versatility in mind, making it ideal for our high-performance, lightweight, multi-hit armour solutions.”
Production of the armour system will be carried out at Morgan’s facility in Coventry, UK.
The WIESEL 1 was originally developed to meet an air-transportable light-armoured tracked vehicle requirement of the German Army.
Used by airborne troops, the WIESEL 1 needs a lightweight armour solution that provides high levels of ballistic protection, without impeding manoeuvrability, Morgan stated.
Earlier this year, Morgan’s Composites and Defence Systems business launched two new ultra-lightweight ballistic helmets at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) this year.
The new AC912 and AC913 were added to Morgan’s acclaimed lightweight armoured soldier architecture (LASA) range.