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FFG readies Wiesel 1 AWC upgrades

21 June 2018

Flensburger Fahzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) is expecting to complete three prototypes of the upgraded Wiesel 1 Armoured Weapon Carrier (AWC) in October 2018.

The vehicle will be fitted with the CAMAC passive armour package developed by Morgan Advanced Materials for improved survivability. It will also benefit from an overhaul of its equipment and electrical systems.

German Army Wiesel 1 AWC fitted with a turret armed with 20 mm MK 20 Rh 202 dual feed cannon and Soucy International composite rubber tracks. (Christopher F Foss)German Army Wiesel 1 AWC fitted with a turret armed with 20 mm MK 20 Rh 202 dual feed cannon and Soucy International composite rubber tracks. (Christopher F Foss)

The current steel tracks will be replaced by Soucy International composite rubber tracks that are approximately 50% lighter and produce 70% less vibration, providing a significant boost to fuel efficiency.

The upgrade programme is aimed at extending the vehicle’s operational life as well as improving its reliability and survivability. FFG will deliver the updated prototypes to the German Army for trials following internal testing.

Four contractors were invited to bid for the Wiesel 1 AWC upgrade programme and a contract was awarded to FFG in June 2017.

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