The German Army’s ambulance corps has chosen the General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) EAGLE 6x6 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 6x6 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 4x4 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.

The Army and the Federal Police in Germany already operate a fleet of close to 700 EAGLE vehicles; it has proven its superior performance and reliability in various national and international missions. (Photo: GDELS)

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