Israeli Firm Wins Contract for 348 Spanish Army 8x8s
Plasan Sasa Ltd. has announced a contract with TESS Defence SA to provide an advanced armour package for the Spanish Army’s VCR Dragón 8×8 combat vehicle.
The contract was signed in November and covers the first 348 vehicles in the army’s order. Plasan will supply its lightweight flexible steel and composite modular bar armour RPG protection system, which it markets under the brand Hybrid Slat Fence. The company is also to fit its mine-protection system underneath the vehicles, counter-IED side-blast systems, and energy-absorbing seats, which will offer further protection against mines. Deliveries began last month and are expected to continue over four years.
“This contract is an important milestone in Plasan‘s effort dedicated to the VCR during the past years and [offers] remarkable evidence for Plasan’s unique ability to adapt its technology and solutions to specific platform and customer’s needs,” said Dan Ziv, Plasan’s CEO. “Plasan is proud to take part in this prestigious programme of the Spanish MoD and will continue to work closely with TESS Defence SA to ensure the successful implementation of the VCR programme.”
TESS Defence is a joint venture formed by Indra Sistemas SA, Santa Bárbara Sistemas SA, Sapa Placencia SL and Escribano Mechanical and Engineering SL, which manages the VCR programme. The Spanish MoD let the overall contract, worth €1.74bn ($2bn) in August 2020 to a JV formed by General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) and Santa Bárbara Sistemas. The Dragón is based on the Piranha V 8×8 vehicle, originally developed by Swiss firm Mowag, now a division of GDELS.