Significant German Workshare in Manufacturing Contract
The German Army’s ambulance corps has chosen the General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) EAGLE 6×6 highly protected vehicle for its ‘mittleres geschütztes Ambulanzfahrzeug’ medium protected ambulance programme, after a competitive selection process. The vehicle will fill a capability gap between the service’s light and heavy ambulance fleets.
GDELS will supply 80 EAGLEs under the $159 million (€145 million) under the contract, with deliveries to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2024.
The EAGLE 6×6 is the latest, largest member of the proven EAGLE family. In this configuration, it provides a more spacious user compartment and greater usable payload capacity. Reduced cost of ownership is achieved through its high degree of commonality with the 4×4 version, its maintenance-friendly design, and proven support solutions. Germany follows Switzerland as the second customer for this new version.
GDELS will manufacture the EAGLE at sites in Switzerland and Germany, with a significant part of production to 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 multimillion investment into our German vehicle maintenance hub in Sembach,” commented Dr Christian Kauth, Managing Director of GDELS-Deutschland.