25.02.2013 Sergyi Way - army-guide.com
General Dynamics European Land Systems and Falck Schmidt Defence Systems have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to respond to the requests for the Danish Armored Personnel Carriers Replacement (APC-R) Program.
Under the teaming agreement, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) and Falck Schmidt Defence Systems (FSDS), a leading Defence contractor in Denmark, are working together to provide the best armored personnel carrier for the Danish Army.
The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organization (DALO) invited General Dynamics European Land Systems to submit tenders for both wheeled and tracked options of the program. GDELS has been the only contender chosen for both options with the ASCOD and PIRANHA 5.
This partnership, the core industrial team and open to other Danish Industry, creates a powerful platform for both companies to provide a turn-key armored personnel carrier solution to the Danish Army combining their existing capabilities and strengths. General Dynamics European Land Systems’ previous experience in the design and deliver of combat vehicles to key allies of Denmark such as USA, UK, Germany, Spain and Canada provides the perfect background for the technology transfer of production to FSDS.
The collaboration between the two companies will create a basis for numerous new job opportunities at FSDS, not only for the production period, but also in the following years of operation and logistics support. Furthermore, the added value that FSDS will obtain during this partnership will help this company and other Danish enterprises in getting new contracts on the international market, with further job opportunities as a result.
“We look forward to working with Falck Schmidt Defence Systems to prove again that we are a trusted key supplier for the Danish Army vehicle fleet and a global leader of wheeled and tracked vehicles, and we to engaging in close cooperation with the overall Danish defence industry,” said Alfonso Ramonet, President of General Dynamics European Land Systems.
“For FSDS this is a key strategic alliance with an international perspective which can raise the technology knowledge and production skills for the company even further than it is today,” said Jan Falck-Schmidt, CEO of Falck Schmidt Defence Systems. “FSDS has a proven record in production, assembly, integration and test of complete armored personal carriers to the Danish Army, and this partnership will improve this capability to an even higher standard”.
Over the past years, General Dynamics European Land Systems has delivered through the GDELS-Mowag Site to the Danish Army more than 260 PIRANHA 3, DURO IIIP 6x6 and EAGLE 4x4 vehicles. GDELS has demonstrated to be a reliable partner living up to the expectations of the Danish Army, by delivering the vehicle capabilities to operate across the full spectrum of operations.