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The FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG), a company that specializes in the manufacture and repair of military tracked and wheeled vehicles, has received from BAAINBw the contract to modernize fleet one of the Bundeswehr, the weasel.

The contract between the BAAINBw and FFG was signed in Koblenz on Tuesday, 19 November of 2019. This will give a total of 181 Wiesel 1 vehicles a service life extension (NDV), which will enable use of the vehicles over the year 2030.

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First director BAAINBw Dipl.-Ing. . Rainer Krug, head of land / support, and Helge Carstensen, Head of Division Wehrtechnische FFG programs after the signature of the Treaty Wiesel 1 NDV on 11/19/2019 (Photo: FFG)

The NDV measures aimed at improving the chassis, improved protection against mines and ballistic threats as well as the installation of modern means of communication and a new weapon system. Before the contract was signed, the FFG and the BAAINBw have coordinated closely with each other and negotiate.

"We are proud of this result - this order is for us an important project and at the same time a confirmation of the good work of the FFG during the development of the NDV-measures," said Helge Carstensen, director of the division of Defense Engineering Programs at the FFG. "We are strengthening our position as a reliable supplier for the German Army and will provide one more time our deadlines and budgets to the test.". On behalf of the Bundeswehr FFG had developed in the years 2018 and 2019, the NDV measures and verified.

Thus, the following Wiesel available after NDV 1 variants with modern technology provides: Wiesel 1 reconnaissance, Wiesel 1 machine gun and Wiesel 1 MELLS (detachment of the TOW as primary armament and integration of the weapon system MELLS are also components of the NDV). In addition, the FFG provides 15 conversion kits for driving school vehicles. The project will run until the year 2022nd

Christian Kanig