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Light Tactical Vehicle

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) presents its new 4×4 Light Tactical Vehicle MERLIN at the EUROSATORY Defense & Security International Exhibition 2022, on June 13th in Paris.

World premiere at EUROSATORY 2022 – General Dynamics European Land Systems LTV: MERLIN

MERLIN, a small Falcon, is the name of GDELS ́ newest Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) responding to the latest operational requirements of modern Airborne, Special Forces and Light Infantry Forces. The vehicle, designed by GDELS, is based upon the same engineering principles as the combat-proven EAGLE, which sets the standard in its class.


A new member in the GDELS Wheeled Vehicles Family

The LTV MERLIN is an extremely durable, compact, light and robust vehicle platform, which provides superior multi-role as well as payload potential and protection for its military users. The MERLIN provides unmatched payload range and user space in its 4×4 wheeled vehicle configuration. The compact 4×4 vehicle fits inside CH-47 Chinook and/or CH-53 Stallion transport helicopters and can accommodate up to 10 soldiers.


Based on the proven DURO/EAGLE platform

The unique driveline and suspension technology of the vehicle is a derivate of GDELS` proven and in-service DURO/EAGLE 4×4 chassis. This provides significant savings in operator and maintenance training and maximizes commonality in tools and spare parts. Powered by a modern diesel engine, MERLIN provides superior agility, manoeuvrability and cross-country mobility. Due to the flexibility and versatility of the vehicle body design, the MERLIN can be configured in different variants for personnel transport, ambulance, logistic and combat missions.

With the MERLIN, GDELS is proud to introduce a new class of robust military vehicles based on combat proven technology.

Bridge and ferry system

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced on 30 September 2021 that it and its partner, Hanwha Defense Corporation (HDC), have been selected by Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to jointly produce 110 amphibious bridging vehicles for the Republic of Korea Army.

Republic of Korea selects General Dynamics European Land Systems’ amphibious bridge and ferry system

Under the Korean Amphibious Bridging Vehicle (KABV) program, the GDELS M3 Amphibious Bridge & Ferry System will be localized to meet specific Korean requirements and will be designated M3K. The M3K was chosen in a competitive selection process.

M3 is the world’s fastest and most capable amphibious bridge and ferry system based on load capacity, assembly time and maneuverability, both on water and land. The M3 is already operated by the militaries of Germany, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia. With more than 1.3 km/0.8 mile of bridge length, the Republic of Korea will operate the largest M3 fleet.

«We are very delighted that the Republic of Korea is the fourth Asian customer to select our M3 as their future amphibious bridge and ferry system», said Doctor Thomas Kauffmann, GDELS’s vice president of international business and services. «It reconfirms the unique bridging capabilities of the M3 and demonstrates the essential importance of tactical bridging for modern armies in terms of interoperability and military mobility».

«From an industrial point of view, this project is a great success for our employees here in Kaiserslautern», said Doctor Christian Kauth, vice president and managing director of GDELS-Bridge Systems. «We have established an excellent collaboration with our Korean partner Hanwha. The success is (further) proof of the general advantage of 4×4 solutions when it comes to amphibious bridging and demonstrates the leading role of GDELS in the military floating bridge market».

Ribbon Bridge

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has signed a contract with the Brazilian Army Commission for the production and delivery of its Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB).

General Dynamics European Land Systems awarded new contract to supply Improved Ribbon Bridge system to Brazil
General Dynamics European Land Systems awarded new contract to supply Improved Ribbon Bridge system to Brazil

In addition to the Improved Ribbon Bridge, the company will deliver trucks, bridge adapter pallets, a bridge erection boat, as well as Integrated Logistics Support (ILS).

Delivery of the first system is scheduled for 2019.

The Brazilian Army is an existing user of the company’s Floating Support Bridge (FSB). The FSB and IRB systems are interoperable and offer key capabilities for armed forces worldwide.

The Improved Ribbon Bridge can be operated as a multi-bay ferry as well as a floating bridge. It provides wide wet-gap crossing capability for loads up to MLC80 (Military Load Capacity) Tracked/96 Wheeled.

«This new acquisition of the IRB demonstrates the high confidence and satisfaction of the Brazilian Army in the performance of our advanced bridge systems», said Thomas Kauffmann, General Dynamics European Land Systems Vice President International Business & Services.

The Improved Ribbon Bridge is in service worldwide and has supported theatre and peacekeeping operations, as well as humanitarian and environmental missions. The IRB is fully interoperable with General Dynamics European Land Systems’ legacy floating bridge systems, including the Floating Support Bridge, the Standard Ribbon Bridge (SRB) and the M3 Amphibious Bridge and Ferry System.