GDELS Platform Easily Adaptable to Multiple Roles
As already reported by MON earlier today, Elbit Systems has won a contract from an Asia Pacific army for armoured vehicles based on General Dynamics European Land Systems’ (GDELS) ASCOD tracked armoured platform.
Under the contract GDELS has received from Elbit Systems, the prime contractor, the vehicles will be outfitted with a 105mm cannon-armed turret and delivered to the customer over a three-year period. The contract marks the fourth country to have selected ASCOD as their preferred tracked armoured vehicle – alongside Austria, Spain and the United Kingdom. The fourth customer’s vehicles will be designated SABRAH and be employed in the light tank role. Featuring a modular design and open system architecture, ASCOD can be outfitted easily for multiple roles, including in the light or medium tank roles, carrying large-calibre cannon up to 120mm.
“With this contract, the number of ASCOD vehicles in service or under contract reaches 1,000 units, proof of the innovation of the system and its capability to adapt to all customers’ needs. The modular design and open architecture of ASCOD is a great example for this advanced approach […] It indicates a clear trend in the armoured vehicle segment to medium weight (≤ MLC 50) and multi-role platforms, which provide modern armies with commonality, interoperability, flexibility, as well as advanced military mobility, while significantly reducing logistic complexity and cost of ownership,” commented GDELS VP of International Business and Services, Dr Thomas Kauffmann.