Austria is scheduled to receive its first tranche of 34 upgraded Pandur EVO vehicles between 2018 and 2021, with the first example set for unveiling in June at the Eurosatory defence exhibition, an Austrian planning officer has said.
Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2018 conference in London, Colonel Christoph Philipp, staff officer in the Austrian Ministry of Defence’s Force Development Division, detailed the parallel programme to upgrade the armour protection of 71 Austrian Army Pandur I vehicles. A generalised study into the requirements for the improved mine and ballistic protection was completed by Switzerland’s RUAG in 2017 following a contract in March 2015, and modelling into the requirements between different variants is currently under way.
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