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Switzerland buys 100 Eagle 6×6 reconnaissance vehicles

Eagle 6x6. Photo: GDELS

The Swiss defense procurement agency Armasuisse has awarded General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag (GDELS) a contract for the delivery of 100 protected Eagle 6×6 reconnaissance vehicles for the Swiss Army.

The contract was signed in November following an international competition and represents the first order of the Eagle 6×6.

The 100 vehicles will be the vehicle platform of the tactical reconnaissance system “TASYS”.

TASYS will be used to gather intelligence for the Swiss Armed Forces including support of civil authorities. It consists of an Eagle V 6×6 carrier vehicle, a multi-sensor system mounted on a telescopic mast, and a data processing system.

For self-protection, the TASYS is armoured and equipped with a remotely controlled weapon station. The vehicle offers payload reserves to allow for future improvements, such as the integration of additional sensors.

The Eagle 6×6 TASYS starts production in 2020 and will be fielded between 2023 and 2025.

Besides the Swiss Army, the Eagle 4×4 is also used by both Denmark and Germany. The further development of the Eagle 4×4 into the Eagle 6×6 was inspired by operational experience and the need for a vehicle with increased useful volume, more payload, very compact exterior dimensions, as well as constant high mobility and maximized protection, GDELS said.

“We are very proud that the Swiss Army is the first customer to introduce the EAGLE V 6×6,” says Oliver Dürr, Vice President Wheeled Vehicles and Managing Director of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag.