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25 Feb 13. GDELS partners with FSDS to pursue Danish Army’s APC-R contract. General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has joined forces with Falck Schmidt Defence Systems (FSDS) to compete for the Royal Danish Army’s M113 armoured personnel carriers replacement (APC-R) contract. As part of the teaming agreement, the two companies will jointly propose an armoured personnel carrier (APC) for the programme, as reported by Shephard. GDELS was short-listed by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organisation (DALO), earlier this month to submit bids for both wheeled and tracked options of the programme. The company is offering its subsidiary Santa Barbara Sistemas’ Austrian-Spanish Cooperative Development (ASCOD 2) and Mowag Piranha V vehicles for the tracked and wheeled categories. Falck Schmidt Defence Systems CEO Jan Falck-Schmidt said the agreement represented a significant strategic alliance with an international perspective that can improve the company’s technology knowledge and production skills. GDELS president Alfonso Ramonet added that the company was looking to partner with FSDS to remain a key supplier for the Danish Army vehicle fleet, and also engage in close cooperation with the overall domestic defence industry. The ASCOD 2 is a tracked infantry fighting vehicle, while Piranha V is an 8×8 fifth-generation of the family of Piranha wheeled utility vehicles. Other selected tracked category vehicles include BAE Systems Hagglunds CV90 Armadillo, Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) G5 protected mission module carrier (PMMC), while Nexter Systems’ Vehicule de Combat d’Infanterie (VBCI) has been shortlisted in the wheeled vehicles category. The selected vehicles are set to undergo a 17-week long evaluation programme at Oksbøl camp, Denmark, as well as several other locations on the Jutland Peninsula starting from the middle of April 2013. APC-R programme seeks delivery of approximately 360 vehicles in six different configurations, including an infantry APC, command and control, ambulance and mortar carrier, as well as engineering and repair vehicles. (Source: army-technology.com)

23 Feb 13. Gulf States Squeeze Suppliers. When the chief executive of French vehicle maker Nexter met with the deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, he got a surprising remark about his company’s offer to sell 700 armored vehicles to the Arabian Gulf country. “Give me your best price,” Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan reportedly said to Philippe Burtin on the first day of the International Defense Exhibition & Conference (IDEX), which finished last week. Just two weeks earlier, Nexter had submitted what it thought was its best and final offer to the UAE. (Source: glstrade.com/Defense News)

25 Feb 13. The O’Gara Group, Inc., has completed the purchase of BAE Systems Commercial Armored Vehicles LLC and has renamed the business O’Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt Armoring Company LLC. This acquisition greatly expands the capacity of O’Gara’s Mobile Systems division, which currently designs, develops and manages the integration of highly engineered ballistic and blast systems to provide security vehicles with the highest levels of protection to counter terrorism. This acquisition reunites the former owners of, and many members of management and other personnel from, the former O’Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt Armoring Company, which was one of the largest armored vehicle manufacturers in the world before its sale to Armor Holdings in 2001 and its eventual purchase by BAE Systems in 2007. O’Gara’s Mobile System division currently has security vehicle armoring and electronics integration facilities in San Antonio, TX and Fairfield, OH.

27 Feb 13. New Armtrac 100-350s. In early December 2012, the first of
potentially two new Armtrac 100-350s left t

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