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Mastiff III patrol
The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisations has signed a contract for acquisition of 9 Mastiff III vehicles.
The Mastiff is a heavily armoured, six-wheel-drive patrol vehicle which is able to carry eight troops, plus two crew. It is suitable for road patrols and convoys and is the newest in a range of protected patrol vehicles being used for operations.
Mastiff has a maximum speed of 90kph, and can be armed with the latest weapon systems, including a 7.62mm machine gun, 12.7mm heavy machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
They have electronic countermeasures and are fitted with additional armour beyond the standard level to ensure they have the best possible protection.
The Mastiff Protected Patrol Vehicle (PPV) as it is known by the British Army is based on the Cougar 6 × 6 variant. Force Protection produced the basic Cougar vehicles. NP Aerospace in Coventry integrated British equipment and up-armoured delivered Cougars, in order to create the finished Mastiff vehicle.
An order for Heavy Tactical Recovery Vehicles (HTRV) has been issued. Deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014 and scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2015.
The HTRV is based upon the RMMV SX45 high-mobility 8x8 chassis and fitted with a Miller Industries Towing Equipment recovery module. The 36-ton on/off-road HTRV is billed as being able to recover disabled vehicles weighing up to 40 tons, or ISO containers weighing up to 17 tons.
Denmark has narrowed the field in its M113 replacement competition to five vehicles, the Forsvarets Materieltjeneste (FMT - Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation) announced on 12 February. The five vehicles, comprising three tracked and two wheeled competitors, will now complete a 17-week trial and test programme expected to be completed in September.
The contenders are:
In May 2011 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation announced a tender to replace the Danish Army's fleet of M113 and Piranha (IIIC & IIIH) with a common standard APC.
As the Army has not yet decided if the APC´s are to be wheeled or tracked the tender is divided into two parts:
Part one concerns tracked vehicles and the pre-qualified companies are:
Part two concerns wheeled vehicles and the pre-qualified companies are:
An offer has to be made before October the 26th 2012.
replace the M109A3:
A case study is being conducted in order to find a replacement for the aging M109A3 howitzers. It is expected that 12 units will be acquired. One of the possible contenders are the French Ceasar 155 mm self propelled gun from Nexter Systems (formerly GIAT).
Caesar (Camion Equipe dún Syste'me dÁrtillerie) gun uses the Giat 155mm/52Cal. gun mounted on a 6x6 all terrain vehicle, equipped with integral navigation, fire control and gun laying systems and networked over tactical information systems to facilitate accurate and timely engagement of time critical targets.
In May 2011 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation has announced a tender to replace the Danish Army's fleet of M113 and Piranha (IIIC & IIIH) with a common standard APC. The Army's next-generation of APCs must provide greater all-round protection to soldiers in unconventional, and hazardous, war zones.
The APC must be a tracked vehicle, have the highest level of protection and be available in different configurations and include the delivery of special tools, spare parts, documentation, training etc.
With four to five bidders expected to enter, tests to validate the suitability of APC vehicle types, in accordance with the technical criteria of the Danish Defense Command, are due to start in December 2011 with the final selection in 2012.
The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation has announced a requirement for 18 armoured heavy wheeled wreckers. The first 4 to be delivered as soon as possible after a contract has been signed and the reminder in the period 2012 - to 2014. The wreckers must be mounted with a crane and winches for recovery and self-recovery. A fording depth of 1.500 mm are required.
The cabin must be able to mount a weapon station and hold 1 ton of equipment. The first 4 vehicles must be protected up to level 2/2a (STANAG 4569) and the remainder to level 3/3b (STANAG 4569). The wreckers must be able to tow vehicles up to 36 ton off road.
cars and motorpool vehicles:
On the 10 of June 2009 a new agreement regarding the up-coming purchase of staff cars and motorpool vehicles has been made. The agreement are divided into four groups. The first group regarding the small motorpool vehicles was won by Peugeot with the 2007 model.
Group two and three was won by Skandinavisk Motorkompagni with their VW Passat and Skoda Superb respectively. The latter will be the new mean of transport for brigadier generals etc.
The last group regarding vans etc. was won by Mercedes-Benz.
All vehicles went through a major test programme last year.
Due to the actual financial situation in the armed forces, the first vehicles in this new agreement are scheduled to be delivered in 2010.
On the 22th of November the Danish Army Material Command (DAMC) signed a contract regarding the purchase of 29 DURO III P armoured ambulances from Mowag in Schwitzerland. Besides the vehicles the contract, which has a value of 190 million DKr (approx. $ 26 mill.), includes logistics and other services.
The DAMC has selected the MOWAG DURO IIIP 6x6 platform to fulfil an immediate requirement for Armoured Ambulance Vehicles to be deployed primarily in international missions. The DURO III platform offers the required payload and internal volume to transport a medical crew of 4 and up to 4 patients in a ballistic- and mine-protected environment.
As the DURO III and the Eagle IV (ordered in 2005) are based on the same chassis concept using a majority of identical automotive components, operating cost in the area of training, special tools and spare parts can be reduced.
Production of the DURO will take
place at MOWAG's facility in Kreuzlingen and deliveries will
start in October 2007. Danish companies will be involved in the
supply of various components and assemblies.The vehicles are planned to be operational medio
25 of the vehicles are destined for the army and the remaining 4 for the air force.
Mowag in Schwitzerland is well known to the Danish armed forces for previous deliverance's of Eagle I and Piranha III to the Danish Army.
Patrol Vehicles (update):
On the 28th of September the first 6 Eagle IV was handed over to the Danish Army Material Command at a ceremony at Mowag´s factory in Kreuzlingen. The vehicles will be used at the Danish Army Material Command in Hjoerring for prototyping and the Danish Army Combat School for training of instructors.
On the 16th of December the Danish Army Material Command (DAMC) signed a contract regarding the purchase of 45 CV 9035 infantry fighting vehicles from Swedish BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds. The vehicles, which main task will be international operations, will increase fire power, mobility, ability to deploy, protection of the crews and the ability to operate in network centric warfare environments.
Besides the vehicles the contract includes weapon systems, equipment for personal protection and a command-, control-, communications- and information-system to be mounted on the vehicles.
The contract is worth 1.675 billion DKr (approx. US $ 258 mill.).
In Denmark, Hydrema Export A/S will partner with Hägglunds in the production of the vehicles. This part of the contract is worth approx. 400 million DKr (Approx. US $ 61.5 mill.).
Deliveries will commence in August 2007 with the last vehicles to arrive late 2009.
(Danish Army Material Command & BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds Press Releases, 16 DEC 2005)
Se also: "Trials and testing"-page.
On the 9th of December the Danish Army Material Command (DAMC) signed a contract regarding the purchase of 85 Mowag Eagle IV armoured patrol vehicles plus a small number for training and logistic reserve, including initial logistic support and services.
The contract is worth 247 million DKr (approx. US $ 38 mill.).
The contract is part of a larger project with a total value of 420 million DKr (approx. US $ 65 mill.). The remainder of the projects deals with weapon systems, protection equipment, and a command-, control-, communications- and information-system to be mounted on the vehicles.
Production will take place at MOWAG's facility in Kreuzlingen and deliveries will commence in August 2006. Danish companies will be involved in the supply of various components and assemblies.
The vehicles will supersede the ageing Mowag Eagle and some of the un-armoured Mercedes Geländewagen in the role as patrol- and scout-vehicles.
(Danish Army Material Command Press Release, 06 DEC 2005 & Mowag GmbH Press release, 09 DEC 2005)
Se also: "Trials and testing"-page.
MAN to supply Danish army:
MAN Last og Bus DK and the Danish Army Material Command (DAMC) has signed an agreement regarding the deliverance of trucks to the Danish armed forces.
MAN Last & Bus will be responsible for the deliverance of complete vehicles, which means that the DAMC will have to place one order only.
The first deliverance, concerning 143 vehicles of the HX medium mobility and SX high mobility range in 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 configuration which are derived from the MAN KAT 1 range introduced in Germany in the late 1960´s, has a value of 269 mil. DKr. The trucks will be prepared for installation of communication equipment and GPS.
The vehicles will be produced at the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Österreich AG plant in Vienna, Austria.
The vehicles are of the same type that Great Britain have just ordered. The British order concerns more than 5.000 vehicles.
With the increasing engagement in
operations around the world, the demand for modern, flexible
support vehicles has grown. With the purchase of the MAN trucks
this need will be fulfilled.
The majority of vehicles will be delivered with a hydraulic loading platform. They are equipped with automatic gearbox.
20 of the trucks will have an armoured cab to increase protection for the soldiers. The cab know as the Integrated Armour Cabin and developed in conjunction with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) offers Level 3 protection. The remainder of the trucks have a modular cab, which allows the use of add-on armour if necessary. The cab offers Level 1 blast protection and level 2 ballistic protection according to STANAG 4569.
Of the last 10 vehicles are to be used by the Danish Air Force, and the rest by the Army.
The first 14 - 16 vehicles are scheduled to be delivered late 2006, and the rest will follow in 2007 and 2008.
Update: A truck is undergoing tests at the
Army Logistics School (JUN
(Danish Army Material Command Press Release, 30 SEP 2005)
Tactical UAV systems
contract for the Danish land forces:
On 12 March 2005, the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende published the article Tårnfalken ramt af uheld (The Kestrel struck by accidents). The article describes the development up to now in connection with implementation of the remote reconnaissance system The Kestrel, the Danish name for the UAV-system SPERWER from Sagem, since procurement was on the 2 of December 1998. The article focuses in particular on the circumstance that in the past years the system has been struck by unforeseen incidents, which among other things caused the system to be grounded. As a reaction to the article, the Minister of Defence requested a detailed report from Defence Command Denmark. In the light of this, the Chief of Defence set up an investigation group, whose business it was to investigate current and possible future problems of the project, and prepare and propose possible solutions in this connection.
investigation recommends that:
- The Kestrel-project should be cancelled out as soon as possible and that the present build up of the UAV unit as planned in the Defence Agreement be discontinued.
- It shall be sought to dispose of the UAV equipment in full or partly.
- It shall be sought to reuse for other purposes non-disposed of parts of the equipment and establishment used until now.
- The development in the UAV area will still be followed.
A working group is set up which at the latest by the end of 2005 will make a proposal to considering the need for this form of monitoring and collection capacities, particularly in relation to international operations, in the present Defence Agreement.
(Extract of press release from Denfence Command Denmark, June 2005).
Se also: Winter 1999-entry on this page.
With regards to experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Danish Army has procured 20 armoured Toyota Landcruisers in November 2004. The vehicles provides the soldiers a certain amount of protection against IED´s and attack with small arms.
The Landcruisers are mainly intended to be used by the Danish Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan, whom patrols large areas on their own without logistic support at hand.
The logistic has played a great part in the choice of the Landcruiser. Both Iraq and Afghanistan have relatively large numbers of Toyotas, and spare parts are easy to come by. This enables the Reconstruction Teams to solve mechanical problems on their own.
The vehicles will be delivered from January to April. Before shipment to Afghanistan they will be mounted with winches, radios, GPS and other accessories.
The value of the contract is 24 mil. DKr, or 1.2 mill. a piece.
17 vehicles will be shipped to Afghanistan, while the remaining 3 vehicles stays in Denmark for drivers training.
Due to the amount of accessories mounted, the vehicle is so close to its GVW that it leaves no space for personal equipment. This was realised in April 2005. The weight have to be reduced with at least 400 kg. The Danish Army Material Command is working on a solution, which have to be approved by the Danish Army Operational Command.
Summer 2005 - Latest news:
By the 16th of June the problems were solved by removing the winches, on-board radios and roof-racks, and the vehicles were shipped from Aalborg to Afghanistan in a civilian Antonov 124 aircraft.
The Danish Army has bought a batch of light armoured Mercedes-Benz G270 CDI. (see also Autumn 2003 entry). The vehicle, which is the long wheel base version, are fully enclosed and have run-flat tyres. 4 vehicles have been delivered to the Danish forces in Iraq, in order to deal with the increasing amount of IED´s.
The size of the contract is not known.
The Danish Army Material Command has awarded Mowag a contract for the delivery of 91 Piranha IIIC armoured personnel carriers. The contract, worth 650 million DKr, was signed on the 5th of October.
3 Danish companies - HMK in Hjoerring, Falck-Schmidt A/S and ROULUNDS TECH A/S in Odense - will be involved in the production. This subcontract will be worth some 150 million DKr.
The contract covers 22 vehicles ordered in 2003 and a further 69 Piranhas to be delivered from February 2005. The following month 3 vehicles will arrive each month until June 2007.
Beside the role as a personnel carrier (53 ea.) the vehicles will be delivered as command and control vehicles (6 ea.), reconnaissance vehicles (16 ea.) and armoured ambulances (16 ea.).
The Danish Army Material Command has awarded Thales Communications B.V. in Huizen, the Netherlands, a contract for the delivery of vehicle intercom systems worth approximately 15 million Euro. This multimedia intercom system called SotasM2 will be installed in some 1000 military vehicles.
This contract was awarded after the system was submitted to 4 months of extensive field testing. During that time, the Thales Communications team involved was committed to providing the customer with a solution tailored to their requirements, complying with new Danish labour laws calling for greater noise reduction in the vehicle environment, providing a flexible system that can support further upgrades in the ongoing digitisation of the battlefield, and having an ergonomic user interface.
SotasM2 provides clear communications between crew members inside and outside vehicles via combat net radios and field cables. Using the latest digital transmission technology, excellent quality voice is distributed over the system. Thanks to digital signal processors, any noise is filtered out and the system will switch on automatically if any voice activity is detected. Dynamic noise reduction has been introduced as a new feature in this version of the Sotas system. This means increased intelligibility of voice in high noise environments. Being a multimedia system, it cannot only carry voice, but also data and images.
This highly modular system is a key element in the implementation of the future Tactical Internet, which is the basis for implementation of Network Centric Warfare. SotasM2 enables future upgrades of both interfacing and functionality as required. Having selected the first, and so far only, true multimedia intercom system the Danish Army incorporates the future in their current acquisition program.
The Danish Army has bought a batch of Mercedes-Benz G270 CDI. The GD, which is the long wheel base version only, is powered by a 2.7 liter turbo charged diesel-engine with intercooler. The size of the contract and specific use is not known.
Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle:
From year 2004 the Danish Army Materiel Command (DAMC) plans to start the procurement process for a modern land based sensor- and communication system, which should provide the Danish Army with the capability of conducting reconnaissance missions in the frame of an open architecture network. The procurement will comprise installation of internal communication equipment provided by DAMC. The physical platform for the system is a light armoured wheeled vehicle with a light self-defence system. The system should be able to conduct long range day/night observation and target acquisition by means of sensor- and laser technology and provide long range communication by use of HF, VHF, UHF and SATCOM to relay information. In the frame of a Battle Management System, the possible users to be served by the communication system are army-, air- and special operation forces.
Armoured Personnel Carriers:
Army Material Command on June 27, 2003 awarded MOWAG - a General
Dynamics company - a $30 million contract for 22 Piranha IIIC
eight wheeled armoured vehicles.
The contract calls for 11 ambulance and 11 Armoured Personnel Carrier versions of the Piranha. The first deliveries of the ambulance versions will commence within eighteen months. The vehicles are to be used in peace support operation by the Danish Army.
This is MOWAG's second contract with the Danish Army Material Command. It follows an earlier order in which 22 Piranha IIIH were delivered to Denmark in 1999-2000.
Full Width Mine Clearing System
A tender to deliver a FWMS has been issued to FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft, Krauss-Maffai Wegman GmbH and Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH from Germany, Hägglunds Moelv A/S from Norway, RDM Technology b.v. from the Netherlands, Pearson Engineering and Vickers Defence Systems from Great Britain.
The requirement is up to 12 FWMS consisting of LEO1 chassis equipped with crane and winch, crew compartment, full width plow, fascine platform and marker equipment. Ploughing width should be at least 4,3 m (preferably 4,5 m) and ploughing depth 17 cm (preferably 30 cm).
The requirement was cancelled in October 2003 due to reconsideration of the technical requirements.
120 MM mortar system:
The Danish Army Material Command has announced procurement of an autonomous 120 mm caliber smoothbore mortar, either single or double barrel concept with automatic or semiautomatic loading system. The mortar shall be mounted on an armoured vehicle with ballistic protection against splinters and infantry weapons.
The initial procurement is expected to be for approximately 10 systems, and total some 100 systems are expected to be procured.
The procurement has been suspended in august 2003 until further notice.
11 new MAN 33.464 tractors has been delivered to the Danish Army, and another 2 will arrive in first quarter 2002. The new tractor is powered by a 460 HP MAN engine, has air-suspension, modern cab with air-condition, heater and radio with CD.
The tractors is part of a major contract concerning deliverance of 400 MAN vehicles. Other types in this contract are MAN 27.314 in 6 x 6 configuration and MAN 18.225 in 4 x 4 & 4 x 2 configuration.
To replace the BMW R65GS the Danish Army Material Command has acquired a number of BMW F650 GS. Furthermore a batch of BMW R850RT has been bought for the Military Police.
Danish Army leases
The Danish Army will lease 11 Patria (former SISU) XA-185 from the Finnish Army in an unspecified period of time. 4 vehicles will be stationed at the forces in Bosnia, 4 in Kosovo and the remaining 3 will stay in Denmark for training purposes. The idea of leasing have never been tried in the Army before.
The reason for this arrangement is the reduced Finnish engagement in Bosnia, which leads to a lack of armoured vehicles capable of MEDEVAC for the Danish forces.
At the same time the Army Operational want´s to replace the M113 armoured ambulances in Kosovo with a wheeled APC.
The obvious choice, to acquire a number of Piranha III ambulances, was not possible at such short notice. A suggestion from Mowag to rent 11 modified Piranha II from the Swiss Army was rejected, and another, to rent Piranha II´s from the Canadian Army, was not considered practical due to a number of alterations necessary to fulfil the role as ambulance.
4 ambulances arrived in December. Another 4 will arrive mid February 2002 and the remaining 3 mid March 2002.
To replace the Land Rover TOW-carrier the Danish Army Material Command has acquired 30 Hummer´s. The vehicles are to be delivered by Hägglunds AB, Sweden.
The 30 vehicles will, due to their size, replace 60 vehicles used to carry the TOW-system.
The deliverance are supposed to take place December 1999, and they are expected operational in year 2000.
Modifications are made to make the vehicles street-legal in Denmark.
Engine, transmission and suspension are identical to the Mowag Eagle acquired 1995, reducing maintenance costs.
Weight: 4.900 kg.
Length: 4.84 m.
Width: 2.56 m.
Height: 1.83 m.
Engine: GM V8-cylinder diesel, 6.500 ccm3 displacement.
(DAMC press release DEC 1999)
On the night between the 18 and 19
of December 1999 5 of the newly acquired Hummer´s and a Mowag
Eagle were stolen from a maintenance area in Aalborg. All were
found at various places in the northern part of Jutland. 4 of the
vehicles were heavily damaged.
All vehicles are to be repaired by the DAMC.
More at the M1045A2-page.
Scania to supply Danish army:
Scania Danmark A/S, Scanias wholly-owned importer in Denmark, has signed a five-year supply contract with the Danish Armed Forces. Applying to vehicles in Scanias heavy segment, the contract comprises part of a total order for several hundred vehicles placed by the Danish army.
"This is the first time we have been awarded a contract of this type to supply the army," comments Peter Glimsager, Sales Manager of Scania Danmark.
Just over half of the vehicles to be supplied will be heavy trucks, of which Scania will be one of two suppliers.
"We have supplied a large number of vehicles to the Danish air force and navy since 1987. We regard this contract with the army as being especially prestigious and as clear evidence that our products are highly rated," adds Mr. Glimsager.
(Scania press release 02 November 1999)
UAV systems contract for the Danish land forces:
After a 12-month international competitive evaluation, the AIR MATERIEL COMMAND of the Royal Danish Air Force on the 18th of February 1999 awarded SAGEM a contract for the supply of SPERWER tactical UAV systems.
Operated by the Danish land forces, SPERWER will be fitted with a long range secure digital transmission system with a hand-over capability to multiple ground control stations, allowing the continuous monitoring of a considerable area.
The airborne platforms will carry a day/night electro-optic payload comprising a high sensitivity day camera and a high resolution SAGEM infrared camera. The integration of a SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) payload is planned for all-weather operation.
The integration of the air vehicles into the air traffic will be driven one step further: each airborne platform will be equipped with an audio transmission relay allowing the ground station operators to maintain continuous communication with the civil or military air traffic controllers.
After the French, Dutch and Swedish land forces, the Danish army will operate SAGEM UAV systems and benefit from a high level of interoperability.
Within the framework of the new contract, SAGEM has signed an agreement with the Danish company TERMA, which will have in charge the adaptation and manufacture of various subsystems.
More at the MAN 27.314 UAV-page.
Tractors and semi-trailers:
The Danish Army procured 22 semi-trailers and 17 tractors in spring 1998. The trailers used so far does´nt fulfil the future need for heavy equipment transportation, and are no longer street-legal in peace-time. The Army Operational Command wanted two different types of trailers - one for transportation of the Leopard 1 (approx. weight 45 T), and one for transportation of the Leopard 2 (approx. weight 65 T).
The Army Technical Service chose, in conjunction with the Army Logistic School, two different types of trailers. A Swedish VM trailer with 4 axles (12 pieces) and a max. load of 52 T, and a German Goldhofer with 6 axles (10 pieces) and a max. load of 71 T.
As tractor for both types of trailers the IVECO MP380E42W 6 x 6 is chosen.
The MAN 40.400 will be up-dated and remain in service.
Maximum speed has increased; the Goldhofer can be driven at 60 km/h loaded with a Leopard 1.
Delivery starts in summer 1998 and ends in 2000.
Type: MP380E42W, 6 x 6.
Engine: 420 hp/diesel.
Gearbox: ZF transmatik with AWD and differential lock.
Winch: 2 Sepson 15 T.
52 T VM-trailer:
Manufacturer: VM trailer/Sweden.
Type: VM 45-4.
Axles: 4 with air-suspension.
Max. load: 52 T.
71 T Goldhofer:
Axles: 6 with hydraulic-suspension.
Max. load: 71 T.
After announcement in Danish Defence Procurement Bulletin, material was handed over ultimo 1996 to 16 companies, who had expressed interest in delivering a artillery locating radar for the Danish Army. The system will replace the M113-mounted Green Archer system.
1st of February offers was received from following 3 companies:
Hughes Aircraft Systems International, USA, offered the AN/TPQ-36(V)9 system, which, with a few up-grades, has been used by several countries. The system is based on old computer-technology, and is bound to be up-graded by the US Army. This is the only combat-proven system offered. The system is mounted on 2 medium trucks with trailers.
Northrop Grumman Electronics & Systems, USA, offered the AN/TPQ-36(V)8, which is an up-graded (V)9 system from Hughes. The offer is based on renovated radar-antennas and -transmitter/receivers from the US Army, combined with new computer-technology. The system is acquired by the US Army and the US Marine Corps, but not yet qualified and approved. The system is mounted on 2 light trucks with trailers.
Ericsson Radar, Norway, offered a newly developed system called "ARTHUR" (ARTillery HUnting Radar) being developed for the Norwegian and Swedish Army, both being participating in the development.
The system is mounted on the Hägglund BV-206 tracked vehicle, a solution that is not considered for the Danish Army. For that reason the system will be installed in a 13 ISO corner framed container, and be carried on 1 medium truck (Unimog) with a 20 kW generator. This solution provide high mobility and the ability to be transported by a Hercules C-130 aircraft.
The Danish Army Material Command signed a contract in December 1997 with Ericsson Radar, Norway concerning deliverance of 8 "ARTHUR" systems.
Deliverance will take from medio 2000 to medio 2001.
In October 1998 Denmark, Norway and Sweden agreed upon procuring a simulator/trainer-system from Ericsson Radar, and a contract was signed in February 1999. The simulator will be based on LAN-connected, standard UNIX-computers using software based on the "ARTHUR" - software.
Deliverance are scheduled to take place autumn 2000.
The Danish Army is now preparing a recommendation for modernisation of its fleet of M113A1 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). In October 1995, the Danish Army announced its intent to modernise the current fleet of M113A1 APC´s. A subsequent request for quote (RFQ) for prototype test vehicles which followed, specified Danish operational requirements. Two competing teams have participated in the prototype phase of the upgrade program: Marvin Land Systems (MLS) and a team composed of United Defence L.P. (UDLP - now owned by the US Carlyle Group) in conjunction with E. Falck Schmidt of Denmark. MLS proposed two different upgrade packages: a "low end" MLS M113A2Plus, equipped with the 270hp powerpack, and a "high end" MLS M113A3Plus, equipped with the 350hp powerpack. The UDLP/Falck team proposed a standard M113A3 and an M113A2 Mk 1.
- JANE'S DEFENCE UPGRADES
The company chosen for the
modernisation of the APC`s is Flensburger Fahrzeugbau
Gesellschaft in Germany. The program consists of a new and more
powerful diesel-engine (MTU 6V 183 TC22 developing 300 hp at 2100
rpm) with transmission (automatic ZF LSG 1000 powershift steering
transmission), improved suspension, increased armour and improved
steering- and brakesystem in order to make the APC´s more safe
in traffic. Initially 97 APC´s will undergo this program.
Designation of the modified APC is M113 G3DK
Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft has delivered a similar upgrade for the German Army.
- "Defence Information and Welfare Service".
According to a Danish newspaper the number of APC´s undergoing the up-grade has increased to 260. The reason for this increase are told be the engagement in Kosovo. The order is worth 75 mill. D-marks or 300 mill. DKr.
Light utility vehicles:
The Danish Ministry of Defence has announced a postponement of a previously issued invitation to tender for the supply of light utility vehicles for use by the Danish Army. The requirement calls for a multi-purpose 4x4 light utility vehicle with a net payload capacity of at least 1.5t in this basic configuration. The vehicle, or derivatives there of will be used as a platform for weapons systems such as Stinger or TOW, as a carrier of electronic equipment, as a sanitary vehicle and as group or command vehicle. It should be possible to adapt the vehicle to accept add-on armour or to provide it in an armour configuration. Invited manufacturers are: Falck Schmidt A/S (Denmark), Karotek Fiber Composites A/S (Denmark); Panhard & Levassor (France); Henschel Wehrtechnik GmbH (Germany), Krauss Maffei (Germany), Automotive Industries Ltd., IAI Ramta Division, R & D Etzion (Israel); OTO Brada (Italy); Tracer A/S (Norway), Reumech OMC (South Africa); Hägglunds Vehicle AB (Sweden); MOWAG Motorwagenfabrik AG (Switzerland); Automotive Technik Limited (United Kingdom).
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