The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Luxembourg, François Bausch, has announced the government’s decision to acquire 80 armored Command, Liaison and Reconnaissance Vehicles (CLRV) for the Luxembourg Army.
The CLRVs are based on the EAGLE V from General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) and will replace the current Hummer and Protected Reconnaissance Vehicle (PRV) vehicles, which are said to now be obsolete.
“The decision is based on three aspects,” said the Minister of Defense, François Bausch during a press conference. “First, and this is the most important in my opinion, that our soldiers are best protected when deployed on a mission. Second, to modernize our equipment and increase our operational capabilities and third, to ensure interoperability within the army and with our allies.”
The acquisition has been carried out with the support of specialized teams from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), which will also provide logistical and technical support throughout the life cycle of the new CLRVs.
The selected vehicle system consists of three components:
- The EAGLE V from GDELS, comprising suitable protection against mines, explosive devices and small caliber gunfire and very good all-terrain performance;
- The remotely operated firing station DeFNder Medium from FN HERSTAL, protecting the shooter and equipped with day and night cameras and smoke canisters; and
- The SCORPION communication system from Thales, interoperable with the Armed Forces of Belgium and France.
“After the recent purchase of the EAGLE V 6×6 as Protected Ambulance Vehicle (PAV), GDELS is very proud to contribute another important capability to the Luxembourg Army with the EAGLE V 4×4 CLRV. EAGLE V 4×4 and/or 6×6 user nations now comprise Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland,” said Dr. Thomas Kauffmann, Vice President GDELS International Business & Services.