Land Platforms

GDELS aims to build export portfolio with new ASCOD

12 June 2018
The latest ASCOD IFV can be fitted with a range manned and unmanned turrets, the latter including the Elbit UT30MK2 unmanned turret armed with an Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm MK44 dual feed cannon and 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun. Source: Christopher F Foss

Key Points

  • GDELS has unveiled a new ASCOD IFV and ASCOD MMBT
  • The company hopes to sell individual solutions based on the ASCOD's CBP

In an effort to win more export contracts, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has a new strategy that aims to involve future customers of the Austrian Spanish Co-Operative Development (ASCOD) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The ASCOD infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is in service with Austria and Spain, and a further development of the platform resulted in the Ajax family of vehicles for the British Army.

Thomas Kauffmann, vice-president for international business and services at GDELS based in Madrid, Spain, said the company intends “to use our latest Common Base Platform [CBP]”, on which ASCOD is based, as a basis for the company’s wider approach to international procurement co-operation.

GDELS has more than 2,200 personnel in Europe – with facilities in Austria, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland – and the ASCOD is the company’s flagship tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV). The platform has been continuously developed as customer requirements have changed and new technology has become available at the subsystem level.

According to Kauffman, GDELS hopes to foster defence co-operation through product interoperability and commonality, and further develop European defence capabilities through sustainable industrial co-operation.

GDELS aims to establish membership in a ‘General Dynamics global support chain’ that would help increase international sales and then help support those sales. This would be followed by new business that would be developed through technological partnerships between small- and medium-size enterprises and General Dynamics.

The long-term goal would be to leverage General Dynamics’ global capability to route business from other industry partners into the end user’s own country, as General Dynamics has a significant footprint in air, land, and sea capabilities and in information and systems technology, the latter of which has seen the most growth in recent years.

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