General Dynamics Wins DURO Armoured Personnel Carriers Contract

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  • 03:06 PM, January 30, 2014
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General Dynamics was awarded a contract by the Swiss Army for supply of 130 DURO Armoured Personnel Carriers (GMTF).

General Dynamics European Land Systems previously delivered 290 DURO GMTF vehicles to the Swiss Army during the period 2008 to 2010.

The 130 additional DURO GMTF vehicles will be manufactured at the General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag facility in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, with deliveries to take place between 2015 and 2017. Several other Swiss companies will contribute to this high-value program for the Swiss Army.

“The General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag workforce is very proud to have received this follow-on contract, as it underlines the confidence and satisfaction of our Swiss customer,” said Robert Kauth, Vice President of Wheeled Vehicles at General Dynamics European Land Systems and Managing Director of GDELS-Mowag.

The DURO GMTF Armoured Personnel Carrier, which was developed wholly in Switzerland, has a gross vehicle weight of 14 tons with very high ballistic, mine and IED protection, mobility and flexibility. The DURO GMTF enables the protected transport of 11 soldiers at a top speed of 100 km/h on road. The DURO GMTF manages gradients of up to 60 percent and lateral inclines of up to 30 percent. It uses a 250 hp Cummins turbocharged diesel engine, an Allison 5-speed automatic transmission, unique De-Dion axle system with patented roll stabilizer, tire pressure control system and permanent all-wheel drive. All DURO GMTF vehicles are equipped with an air conditioning system and a NBC overpressure system for enhanced comfort and protection.