The Austrian army will receive 30 more armored wheeled vehicles of the Pandur 6 × 6 Evolution (Evo) type. The Vienna Federal Ministry for National Defense (BMLV) recently signed a corresponding contract with the manufacturing company General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr. The vehicles now ordered will be delivered as armored personnel carriers (MTPz). They have a modular structure so that if necessary they can be converted into an evacuation vehicle to rescue the wounded, for example. Together with the 34 vehicles procured in 2016, which are based in the “Pandur Evo” competence center in Jägerbataillon 17 in Straß / Styria, the Austrian Armed Forces will operate a fleet of 64 new Pandur Evo vehicles in the future. The vehicles currently ordered are to be delivered in 2022 and 2023.
The Pandur armored personnel carrier has been in service in Germany and in peacekeeping missions abroad since 1996. The modernized version of the Pandur MTPzUN, the Pandur Evo, provides better protection for the crew from mine threats and explosive devices (IEDs). The vehicle can transport a total of eleven soldiers. It is made in Austria.
The Pandur vehicle family is available as a 6 × 6 and 8 × 8 version in terrestrial and amphibious versions and is the basic platform for various weapon and equipment systems. GDELS-Steyr has built more than 3,000 armored vehicles (tracked and wheeled vehicles), of which more than 800 Pandur platforms are in operation worldwide.
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