Israel’s Plasan Sasa has secured a contract to deliver its advanced armour package for the Spanish Army’s VCR Dragon 8×8 wheeled combat vehicle.

The contract, signed with Tess Defence, will include the first 348 Dragon vehicles.

As agreed, Plasan will supply its lightweight and modular RPG protection, called hybrid slat fence (HSF), and mine protection solutions for under belly and IED side blasts, along with shock absorbing mine seats.

The deliveries have already started, and will continue until 2026.

Plasan CEO Dan Ziv said: “This contract is an important milestone in Plasan’s efforts dedicated to the VCR during the past years, and remarkable evidence for Plasan’s unique ability to adapt its technology and solutions to specific platform and customer needs.

“Plasan is proud to take part in this prestigious programme of the Spanish MoD, and will continue to work closely with Tess Defence S.A. to ensure the successful implementation of the VCR programme.”

The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a contract to the General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) joint venture, in August 2020, for 348 Dragon vehicles. The contract is worth approximately €1.74bn ($2.06bn).

The vehicles will be manufactured at the GDELS sites in Trubia and Seville, in Spain.

There is also the option to extend the acquisition programme to include a total of 1,000 vehicles.

The Dragon vehicle is based on the GDELS 8×8 PIRANHA 5 combat wheeled vehicle. It will be equipped to meet all the requirements of the Spanish MoD.