The German Army has awarded two additional contracts to General Dynamics for the delivery of 70 highly protected Eagle IV vehicles to the German Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung (BWB).

Under the contract, 60 vehicles will be added to the regular fleet of protected wheeled vehicles in the Bundeswehr, and ten vehicles will be deployed to support the German Federal Police in Afghanistan.

Under the original contract signed in November 2009, the Eagle IV will replace unprotected carrier vehicles to enhance the safety of German soldiers, according to DefenceWorld.

The Eagle IV is a highly deployable, agile and tactically mobile vehicle that can be used for various missions by applying modular add-on kits.

The vehicle’s modular protection system offers a high level of protection against ballistic threats, mines and IEDs.

The production of vehicles will be carried out at the company’s facilities in Switzerland and Germany, with deliveries to be completed by the end of 2010.

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Upon completion, the two orders will increase the German Eagle IV fleet to 288 vehicles.