The government has approved this Friday the authorization for the conclusion of a manufacturing supply contract for combat vehicles on wheels 8×8, a type of armor with which it is intended to replace the obsolete fleet of Armored Means on Wheels (BMR), which in some cases have more than 40 years.
As announced by the minister's spokesperson, Isabel Calaá, at a press conference after the Council of Ministers, the Government plans to invest 2,000 million in this supply contract that will generate some 650 direct and 1,000 indirect jobs.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the purpose of these new vehicles is to replace, progressively, the historical BMR, Armored Caterpillar Transport (TOA) and Cavalry Exploration Vehicle (VEC), and vehicles acquired for protection against mines and improvised explosive devices, such as the Lynx and the RG-31.
In fact, the substitution was already planned since 2015, when the contract was signed to launch the first phase of the project, design and development that was commissioned for 92 million euros to the Temporary Union of Companies formed by Indra, General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Barbara Systems and SAPA operations.
These new Combat Vehicle on Wheels (VCR) 8×8 allow to obtain a combat system that incorporates the new technical solutions to face the evolution of the threats that, according to Defense is key in the new organic structure of the Army.