The primary manufacturing models of the Spanish Military’s new VCR Dragon 8×8 wheeled fight automobile have been accomplished and shall be prepared to start out trials within the coming weeks. Tess Defence, a consortium of GDELS and Santa Bárbara Sistemas, plans to take a position 14 million euros within the modernization of the Trubia manufacturing facility between 2020 and 2023, as a part of this system. This system to ship as much as 1,000 wheeled fight automobiles (VCR) to the Spanish Military below the Dragón challenge has entered the development section with a metal reducing ceremony on the Basic Dynamics European Land Methods (GDELS) manufacturing facility in Trubia. The consortium is at present on contract to ship 348 of the 8×8 automobiles, however this system is predicted to develop to a complete of roughly 1,000 automobiles.

The Spanish protection ministry introduced that this system to subject a next-generation of fight automobiles had accomplished the system design section, acquiring important design assessment (CDR) approval in late July. The principle goal of the VCR is to display that the design of the automobile in its infantry preventing automobiles (VCI) and sapper (VCZ) variants is mature sufficient to start out the manufacturing and testing course of. Varied variants of the automobiles are anticipated to be fitted with totally different distant weapon stations, such because the Leonardo’s Hitfist 30mm turret, or Escribano’s Guardian 30mm cannons. Quite a few the techniques are anticipated to subject Spike LR missile launchers. Dragon VCR will change the Pegaso 3560 BMR armored personnel carriers and Pegaso VEC-M1 reconnaissance automobiles.


VCR Dragon 8×8 wheeled fight automobile
VCR Dragon 8×8 wheeled combat vehicle
VCR Dragon 8×8 wheeled fight automobile

The manufacturing of the VCR for the Spanish Armed Forces has began within the Trubia Manufacturing facility (Asturias) of GDELS-Santa Bárbara Sistemas with the reducing of the primary metal armor plate. Within the interval 2020-23, GDELS-Santa Bárbara Sistemas will make investments 14 million euros within the modernization of the Trubia Manufacturing facility with the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment that can reinforce it as a European industrial reference. The Trubia Manufacturing facility of GDELS-Santa Bárbara Sistemas generates roughly 750 jobs and is a benchmark industrial facility on the European stage, specialised within the manufacture of state-of-the-art armored tracked and wheeled automobiles, such because the Pizarro (ASCOD in its worldwide denomination).

The automobile Basic Dynamics European Land Methods supplied for the Spanish Military in cooperation with Santa Bárbara Sistemas is predicated on the corporate’s Piranha 5 automobile. It was anticipated to be delivered to the Spanish armed forces in 13 totally different configurations. Nonetheless, the precise variety of configurations, in addition to the variety of automobiles to be delivered, is prone to be decided as soon as the contract is awarded later this 12 months. The Piranha V Infantry Combating Automobile (IFV) is one variant of the fifth technology of the Mowag Piranha household of automobiles. It was designed by Basic Dynamics European Land Methods & Mowag GmbH. After aborting the Vehiculo de Combate sobre Ruedas (VCR) 8×8 wheeled fight automobile program late final 12 months, the Spanish protection ministry is relaunching the process below new situations.