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Germany has awarded the modernization contract for the Wiesel Armoured Weapons Carrier (AWC) to FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG). This service life extension contract (NDV) is for a total of 181 vehicles of the Wiesel 1 fleet, which will ensure that the vehicles will remain in service beyond 2030. The focus of the NDV is on chassis improvements, ballistic and mine protection and the integration of modern communications and a new weapons system.

The contract covers the following Wiesel 1 variants: Wiesel 1 Reconnaissance, Wiesel 1 Machine gun and Wiesel 1 MELLS (replacement of the TOW as main armament and integration of the weapon system MELLS are also components of the NDV). In addition, FFG will supply 15 conversion kits for the driving school vehicles. The project is scheduled for completion in 2022.

Dorothee Frank