This week, a decision was - finally - made on aquisition of new SP artillery pieces for the Danish Army as well as an SP mortar system and new trucks.
The order for trucks went to Scandia in competition with Mercedes-Benz, MAN, Scania og Iveco. Mercedes and Iveco backed out during the process. The order is for 400-500 tactical trucks and 300-400 civilian trucks. The initial order is for 100 civilian trucks and 200 tactical trucks for about 400 million DKR. http://www.fmi.dk/ny...r-godkendt.aspx
CARDOM 10 from ESLAIT in Austria as choosen as the new 120mm SP mortar system to be mounted on the Piranha 5. The competitors were STK from Singapore, ESLAIT from Austria, RUAG (COBRA) from Switzerland and TDA from France. TDA and STK did not submit a bid. After further testing, CARDOM 10 was choosen. The order was for 15 120mm mortars with an option for an additional 6 for a total of 107 million DKR. http://www.fmi.dk/materiel/materiel-paa-vej/piranha5/Pages/typevalg-af-nyt-mortersystem.aspx
A replacement for the aging 155mm M109A3s has been sought after for many years. In 2015, Israeli Elbit won the order with their ATMOS system, but the order was cancelled, allegedly because an EH-101 helicopter crashed in Afghanistan and needed to be repaired. The real reason might have been that it was politically controversial to buy an Israeli made system. The specifications have also changed over time with regards to protection, C-130 transportability etc. The 2017 competition started out with RUAG, Huta Stalowa Wola, BAE Bofors, Nexter Systems, Hanwha Techwin Systems, Elbit Systems and BAE Systems Land & Armaments and ended with only ELBIT and NEXTER left. Apparently, just like in 2015, ELBIT had the best system, but it was considered too expensive. To what extent political considerations have played a role is not clear, but the choice was NEXTERs CAESAR 8X8 mounted on Tatra trucks. The price for the system is 300 million DKR, with spare parts, fire control system, training and service the price ends up around 800 million to 1 billion DKR for the 15 guns.
These will be the only TATRA trucks in the Danish Army, which have lots of MAN and now Scania trucks. The nearest civilian TATRA workshop is in Berlin, so exactly how maintanance and repairs are going to be organized is a bit of a mystery.
The Army is also expecting to update the Leopard 2A5-DK at Krauss-Maffei, 38 tanks in all, The update is supposed to keep them running until 2035. Piranha IIICs are also to be updated to last until 2030. The CV9035 DKs are also to be updated in comming years. The current ARV - Wisent 1 - is to be kept running for another 5-10 years before replacement and the army expects to buy a number of "armoured engineering vehicles".
Edited by cbo, 22 March 2017 - 1112 AM.