Coventry-based armour specialist, NP Aerospace, announced on 11 February it has received a contract from Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG) to supply its lightweight CAMAC armour solution for 181 German Army WIESEL 1 armoured weapons carriers (AWC) over a two-year period.

CAMAC is a patented, composite vehicle armour solution that provides ultra-light enhanced survivability for platform and crew, increased ground manoeuvrability and improved air transportability.

WIESEL 1 was developed for the German Army to meet a requirement for an air-transportable light armoured tracked vehicle, for use by airborne troops. The key focus of the government-funded upgrade programme is chassis improvements, ballistic and mine protection and the integration of communications and weapons systems. It applies to three AWC variants, ensuring they remain in service beyond 2030.

James Kempston, CEO of NP Aerospace, says of the contract and the relationship with FFG that it “further highlights NP Aerospace’s world-class armour technology and our ability to deliver complex vehicle armour integration programmes on time and on budget.”

Helge Carstensen, Director of the Military Programs Division at FFG, adds “[…] this contract is an important project for us and at the same time a confirmation of the good work of the FFG during the Service Life Extension measures. This will further strengthen our position as a reliable supplier to the German armed forces and will once again prove our ability to deliver on schedule and on budget."

Bundeswehr WIESEL 1 vehicles pictured in Lithuania in July 2015. (Photo via NP Aerospace)

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