The Danish Ministry of Defense (Forsvarsministeriet) awarded a CHF 46 million contract to General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag (GDELS-Mowag) to deliver 56 PATROL vehicles and a first prototype of the RECONNAISSANCE Open variant. This second order is part of the Armored Patrol Vehicle (APV) framework agreement, after the EAGLE 4×4 was selected winner of the APV tender. Deliveries of the 57 vehicles will begin by the End of 2021 and will be completed in 2022. In May 2017, the Danish Army ordered 36 Eagle V in four different configurations (patrol, electronic warfare, support and reconnaissance) .
“We sincerely thank the Danish Ministry of Defense for its continued confidence in our EAGLE 4×4 vehicle platform, engineering, and industrial capabilities,” said Giuseppe Chillari, GDELS Vice President for Wheeled Vehicles and Managing Director of GDELS-Mowag. “I’m especially proud that Denmark, as a NATO member, is the first nation to order the open top version of our EAGLE 4×4 vehicle. We look forward to delivering the new RECCE Open variant to Denmark for their tests and user trials and we are confident that Denmark will benefit from running a fleet of our vehicles, which is based on a state-of-the-art 4×4 wheeled family concept” Chillari adds.
The Eagle is a wheeled armored vehicle designed by the Swiss MOWAG corporation. The company is owned by General Dynamics, and is now known as GDELS-MOWAG, part of General Dynamics European Land Systems. It has gone through several generations of development. The current vehicle, introduced in November 2003, is the Eagle IV, which is based on the Duro IIIP chassis. The original MOWAG Eagle used the chassis and running gear of the United States Humvee, while the Eagle II and Eagle III use the chassis and running gear of the Humvee ECV. A Prototype is now part of the Military Museum Full. The MOWAG Eagle IV and V used the chassis and running gear of the Mowag Duro.
The Eagle V is available in 4×4 and 6×6 versions and is one of the most modern protected wheeled vehicles in its class. The EAGLE has already proven its efficiency and reliability in various military missions. Due to its power reserves, the Eagle offers an ideal platform to meet both current and future requirements. In addition to its excellent protection against mines and improvised explosive devices, the Eagle V 6×6 offers a high payload and a large transport volume, within very compact dimensions. With its unique axle and drive system, the Eagle V delivers off-road mobility and on-road driving safety. Besides the Danish Army the Eagle 4×4 is also extensively used by both Germany and Swiss Armed Forces.