MADRID – General Dynamics European Land Systems – Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) is showcasing two new variants of the successful family of ASCOD tracked armored vehicles: the Light Tank LT105 and the Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV).
The formal presentation will take place at the GDELS-SBS exhibition booth (Hall 10, D-01) on May 17 at 4:00 p.m. The ASCOD Light Tank will be exhibited at the stand, the ASCOD ARV in the static exhibition area “C” of Pavilion B, together with the “CASTOR” Engineering Combat Vehicle (VCZAP) of the Spanish Army.
“The innovation and flexibility of the Multipurpose Common Platform concept that defines and characterizes the design of the ASCOD/PIZARRO family of vehicles favors the constant evolution and integration of advanced and disruptive technologies, and a quick and flexible adaptation to the requirements of each client”, affirmed Juan Escriña, Managing Director of GDELS-SBS and Vice President of Tracked Vehicles and Artillery of GDELS. In this sense, he added that the two new variants have been developed in record time, taking advantage of earlier lessons learned and the commitment to permanent innovation of GDELS-SBS that reinforces Spain’s position as a benchmark for this type of tracked combat vehicles.
Escriña stressed that very few countries in the world have the national and autonomous capacity offered by GDELS-SBS in the design, development, manufacturing and integral maintenance of next-generation armored vehicles. “ASCOD is an excellently protected platform, configurable for all kinds of specific tasks and missions, and operable within a capability network to efficiently manage force multipliers and mission systems in a multi-domain environment,” he emphasized.
More than 1,000 ASCOD vehicles are currently in service or under contract with the Armed Forces of four nations: Spain, Austria, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines.
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