General Dynamics Santa Barbara Sistemas has been selected by the Spanish Army to execute the second phase of the Pizarro Advanced Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) program. The program includes manufacturing of 176 infantry fighting vehicles, 22 command post vehicles and associated logistics support.
General Dynamics Santa Barbara Sistemas and the Spanish Army will now enter negotiations on the scope, timing and value of the program, which could be as much as 520 million Euro (approximately US$544 million).
Following successful negotiations, the contract will commence in early 2003; the first delivery of the second-phase vehicles would be in 2005, and be completed by 2010.
The order is said to represent the continuation of a successful program with the Spanish Army. Phase One of the effort included 121 infantry fighting vehicles and 21 command post vehicles.
The Pizarro infantry-fighting vehicle weighs 25 tons and can carry 11 personnel at a maximum speed of over 70-KM per hour. With a 30mm automatic gun as main armament, the Pizarro is considered one of the world’s best infantry fighting vehicles.