Testing Regime Prior to Potential Production Order
Dutch military and law enforcement vehicle developer Defenture has delivered a GRF prototype vehicle – the LAUF 20 – to armasuisse – the Swiss federal defence procurement agency, the company announced on 1 March.
Based on a GRF vehicle previously delivered to Dutch special forces, the LAUF 20 “is characterised by a number of specific technical customer requirements,” which, according to the company statement, were developed and integrated in just a few months. The integration, which included a number of customer-specific communications devices, was carried out entirely by Tiel-based Defenture.
Delivery of the LAUF 20 to Switzerland marks the company’s first international delivery contract and was conducted “to the great satisfaction of the customer,” even amid pandemic-ispired disruption, says Defenture. The vehicle will be subjected to a rigorous testing regime to ensure compliance with Swiss functional requirements and determine a final configuration to be applied to a production order for an as yet undisclosed number of vehicles to fulfil a Swiss Army requirement for light tactical vehicles.
Defenture emphasises mobility, safety, payload, modular design and the lowest possible lifecycle costs in its development programmes, building them from the ground up to be mission-winning assets. A strong lightweight design, robust construction techniques and dynamic driving characteristics create improved mobility for frontline forces and support specialists alike.