The Austrian Protection Minister Klaudia Tanner handed over the fiftieth Pandur EVO (Evolution) 6×6 armored automobile to the Austrian Armed Forces on the meeting plant of Normal Dynamics European Land Methods-Steyr GmbH in Vienna Simmering. The Austrian Ministry of Protection awarded a contract on October 30, 2020 to Normal Dynamics European Land Methods-Steyr for the supply of 30 PANDUR 6×6 Evolution (Evo) wheeled armored autos. The brand new autos are designed as armored personnel carriers (APCs) and might be shortly transformed into different roles comparable to CASEVAC (casualty evacuation) because of their modular design.

The Pandur I is now not in manufacturing and has been changed by the improved Pandur II, which is obtainable in 6×6 and eight×8 variations. The considerably modernized model of the PANDUR MTPzUN, the PANDUR Evo, affords an unmatched compact automobile design with a crew of 11 troopers, superior mobility, and a considerably elevated stage of safety in opposition to mines and IED threats. The autos will probably be utterly manufactured in Austria benefiting the native financial system and securing tons of of expert jobs. Greater than 200 suppliers, primarily SMEs, are concerned on this program. On 22 December 2016, the Austrian Ministry of Defence ordered 34 Pandur 6×6 EVO autos for 105 million Euro from GDELS Steyr.


Austrian Military Takes Supply of fiftieth PANDUR Evo 6×6 Wheeled Armored Autos. (Photograph by Austrian Armed Forces/Carina Karlovits)

The Pandur is an APC developed and produced by the Austrian firm Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeuge (SSF). It was developed throughout the Nineteen Eighties as a non-public enterprise, primarily based on the Pegaso BMR-600 design. Since 1996, the PANDUR has efficiently served in home and worldwide peacekeeping missions. Its modular design permits it to be fitted with quite a lot of weapon programs, together with a 20 mm autocannon and an armored two-man 90 mm gun turret. In 2003, Normal Dynamics took over Steyr-Daimler-Puch which is now a part of Normal Dynamics European Land Methods (GD ELS), which can also be the mother or father firm of MOWAG, Santa Brbara Sistemas and GDELS Germany.

The US Military just lately awarded Normal Dynamics Land Methods a $55.8 million contract for the supply of Armored Floor Mobility System heavy platform autos. The Pandur 6×6 Evolution (Evo) wheeled armored autos GDELS is already manufacturing for the Austrian armed forces suits the necessities of a request for info (RFI) launched by USSOCOM to the trade in March 2020. Again then, the service stated it was on the lookout for a alternative for the Pandur I-based Armored Floor Mobility System (AGMS), which has been in service with Joint Particular Operations Command (JSOC) since 2000.

Austrian Army Takes Delivery of 50th PANDUR Evo 6×6 Wheeled Armored Vehicles
Austrian Military Takes Supply of fiftieth PANDUR Evo 6×6 Wheeled Armored Autos. (Photograph by Austrian Armed Forces/Carina Karlovits)