LONDON — Three tracked and two wheeled vehicle types have been shortlisted by the Danish Ministry of Defense in the final stages of a competition to replace its fleet of aging M113 armored personnel carriers.
The MoD named BAE Systems’ CV90 Armadilllo, the General Dynamics European Land Systems’ ASCOD and FFG Flensburger’s G5 as the tracked contenders to go forward for testing.
Wheeled contenders that survived the cut are the General Dynamics Piranha V and Nexter’s VBCI vehicle.
Testing of the five vehicles is scheduled to get underway next month, although there are signs the schedule may slip a few weeks.
One industry executive said he expected to see a contract signed during 2014. A split buy between tracks and 8 x 8 wheeled vehicles couldn’t be ruled out, he said.
Denmark needs between 206 and 450 vehicles across six configurations to replace its M113 fleet. Infantry, command and control, and mortars versions are among the family of vehicles expected to be purchased by the Danes.
Rheinmetall, Patria and ARTEC were also invited to bid by the Danish MoD last summer.
The Danes already operate the CV-90 supplied by the Swedish arm of BAE.