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The Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) has opened with the solicitation of requests to participate from 25 November 2019 competition for the procurement of 44 armored pioneer machines (GPM). For the GPM 44 Leopard 2 A4 chassis are provided by the Bundeswehr.

The date for the submission of applications was set for 9 January 2020th Other dates does not include the notice of BAAINBw. Therefore, we can only speculate about the next steps. The release came shortly after cleanup session for the budget in 2020, in which the Budget Committee of changes made recently tabled in the budget law before the law for discussion and resolution goes to the Bundestag. Therefore it can be assumed that for the financing of GPM provision is made.

Der zeitliche Ablauf könnte wie folgt aussehen:

Vergabeentscheidung, 25-Mio-Euro-Vorlage, Vertrag until the end of 2020
Anpassentwicklung, Produktion zweier Nachweismuster 2023
Integrated verification, authorization to use bis 2025
Danach Serienproduktion je nach Finanzmitteln und Produktionskapazitäten über zwei bis drei Jahre
Erste Fahrzeuge in der Truppe 2026


Über das Projekt und mögliche Anbieter hatte ESUT on November 1 reported.

The GPM will replace part of the 140 Pionierpanzer 2A1 roof that are introduced into the Bundeswehr since 1989th The pioneer tanks 2A1 emerged in the late 1980s as a reconstruction of a pioneer tanks 1 and 2 armored recovery vehicles based is the Leopard 1 with a 610 kW MTU drive. Distinguishing characteristic is the telescopic arm with backhoe. Among the significant performance enhancements, the improved hydraulic system, which allowed the simultaneous operation of multiple hydraulic cylinders belonged. With its roots back to the 1960s, the pioneer Panzer 2A1 reached the end of its useful time ago. With his performance, he is no longer capable of operating in the field of new and sometimes heavier vehicles.

Gerhard Heiming