Land Platforms

GDELS to keep working on new Spanish IFV despite setbacks

09 January 2020

General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) is set to continue looking for ways to win the contract for Spain’s new 8×8 Dragon infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), although the project is insufficiently funded, according to a company source.

Spain’s cabinet on 20 December set a new target of May 2020 for delivery of the first five demonstrator vehicles, deciding to delay payments to the GDELS-SBS-led consortium after missing another deadline.

A company source told Jane’s on 7 January that GDELS-SBS had, at the request of the Spanish Ministry of Defence, presented an offer last October for the manufacture of what is known in Spain as the Vehiculo de Combate sobre Ruedas (VCR).

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