The Luxembourg Army has announced the signature of a contract for 80 EAGLE V 4×4 protected patrol vehicles in the Command, Liaison and Reconnaissance Vehicle (CLRV) configuration. According to media reports, the contract has a total value of €367m, with €228.5m committed to the initial procurement, and a further €138.5m estimated for maintenance and upgrades over the next 15 years. Initial deliveries are expected in December 2024, with the final vehicles scheduled for delivery in July 2026.
The contract was signed with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) via the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), and includes logistical support for the vehicles from the latter. The new vehicles are intended to gradually replace the HMMWV-based Protected Reconnaissance Vehicle and the UNIMOG-based DINGO infantry mobility vehicle currently in service with the Luxembourg Army.
The CLRV is a configuration of the GDELS EAGLE V 4×4 protected patrol vehicle. It carries a crew of five, and is protected against mines, IEDs, artillery fragments, and small arms fire. The vehicle is fitted with a 212.5 kW (285 hp) diesel engine, providing a top speed of approximately 110 km/h. The Luxembourgish vehicles will be equipped with the FN Herstal DeFNder Medium Remote Weapon Station (RWS). The DeFNder Medium is stabilised and can be armed with either the M2 HB 12.7 × 99 mm heavy machine gun or a 40 × 53 mm automatic grenade launcher. The weapon station can also be equipped with obscurant smoke grenade launchers for additional protection.
The CLRVs will be equipped with the SCORPION communications system from Thales. This system is already in service with the Belgian Armed Forces, and its implementation in the Luxembourg Army will enable increased interoperability between the two nations’ armed forces.