General Dynamics European Land Systems will deliver 80 highly protected EAGLE 6x6 vehicles for the German Army`s ambulance corps. The first vehicle deliveries will commence in 2021 and continue throughout 2024.
GDELS was awarded the contract by the German procurement agency BAAINBw. The EAGLE was selected in a competitive tender process under the Medium Protected Ambulance Vehicle program (“mittleres geschütztes Ambulanzfahrzeug”), which will close the gap between the user´s light and heavy ambulance vehicle fleet.
The EAGLE 6x6 is the largest member of the EAGLE family of vehicles. In its 6x6 configuration, GDELS says the vehicle provides a more spacious user compartment and more payload. Reduced cost of ownership is achieved through its high degree of commonality with the 4x4 version, its maintenance-friendly design, and support solutions.
Germany is the second customer for the latest EAGLE version after the Swiss Army. GDELS will manufacture the EAGLE at its sites in Switzerland and Germany. For the German programme, a significant part of the production will be completed in Kaiserslautern and Sembach with the involvement of dozens of German suppliers.
“This contract will further strengthen our capabilities as a leading vehicle OEM and will result in a multi- million investment into our German vehicle maintenance hub in Sembach” said Dr. Christian Kauth, managing director of GDELS-Deutschland.
The German Army and German Federal Police operate a fleet of close to 700 EAGLE vehicles. The EAGLE is available in 4x4 and 6x6 versions and is one of the most modern protected wheeled vehicles in its class.
In addition to protecting against mines and improvised explosive devices, GDELS says the EAGLE offers a high payload and a large transport volume, within very compact dimensions, as well as superior off-road mobility and on-road driving safety.