French demands hold up MRAV plan

French objections over workshare have delayed plans to announce the winning bid for the multi-billion pound battlefield taxis contract for the British and German armies. The UK and German governments had planned to make a statement last week relating to a British and German contract. But France a sleeping partner in the MRAV project objected […]

French objections over workshare have delayed plans to announce the winning bid for the multi-billion pound battlefield taxis contract for the British and German armies.

The UK and German governments had planned to make a statement last week relating to a British and German contract.

But France a sleeping partner in the MRAV project objected and has demanded a share of the work. There is, however, no immediate French requirement for an MRAV-type vehicle.

Sources close to the project expressed bemusement at the French demands. ‘One week they’re out, the next week they’re in,’ said one insider.

The delay is not expected to affect the winning bid, which is tipped to be the Arge consortium in which GKN is partnered with Germany’s Krauss Maffei and two other German firms. Its French partner would be Giat if France came back into the project, GKN said.