Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: RUAG Defence; issued Mar 16, 2015)
RUAG Signs Contract to Develop Protection Systems for Belgium and Austrian Pandur I Fleet
RUAG Defence, the strategic partner of international land forces, is continuing to develop its business in the field of ballistic protection systems. In a joint procurement effort Belgium and Austria, whereby Austria has the lead, have awarded RUAG Defence to upgrade their fleet of Pandur I with ballistic protection kits. All 5 variants of the Pandur I will be upgraded with mine-, IED- and ballistic protection.
SidePRO-KE/IED is a highly engineered, fully integrated, modular polyvalent composite protection system that utilises a variety of advanced lightweight materials for direct application on armoured vehicles. SidePRO-KE/IED meets current threat level protection requirements. The mine protection system MinePRO is one of the best systems In the market. Various armies rely on the highly effective protection.
MinePRO is a lightweight, blast and EFP resistant, easy to mount armour plate based on state-of-the art technology to ensure the safety of the crew. Further, all other subsystems of the vehicle such as stowage, seating for crew, driver and commander shall be evaluated, improved, reinforced or replaced.
The realisation of the project will start this spring and will be finished by the end of 2020.