Land Platforms

Spain to test turrets for 8x8 IFV based on Piranha

02 March 2018

Five different turrets are to be tested in early 2019 for Spain’s new wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the VCR (Vehiculo Sobre Ruedas) 8x8 programme.

The Spanish Army is “waiting and hoping” for the government to sign the contract by the end of 2019 to finally get the long-delayed programme under way, Colonel Angel Garces from the army’s logistics division told a press briefing in Madrid on 27 February.

Spain’s chief of defence staff, General Francisco Varela Salas, added that the VCR remains its lead priority, followed by the upgrade of Chinook helicopters and a contract for more NH90s.

Three 30 mm gun turrets are due to be tested on the VCR: the Elbit UT30MK2 and Rafael Samson remote controlled weapon systems and a manned turret from Otto Melara.

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