Nexter is continuing its marketing push into Scandinavia. After the CAESAR in Norway and Denmark, the French land armaments group is making progress with the Aravis. Together with four others short-listed by Denmark’s procurement agency, the FMI (which stands for, wait for it, for: Forsvarsministeriets Materiel- og Indkøbsstyrelse), Nexter and the other companies must now submit proposals for a platform that will become the new 4×4 patrol vehicle for the Royal Danish Army.
Of the 11 companies which answered the Danish defence ministry’s call for tender by 8 January 2016, eight met the conditions and were evaluated. Even if the FMI did not require information concerning a specific platform during the preceding phase, the short-listed companies must now submit a proposal based on a vehicle in their catalogue. So for Nexter it is the Aravis; for General Dynamics Force Protection Europe it is the Foxhound while General Dynamics European Land System Mowag is proposing the Eagle V; for Oshkosh Defense it is the L and M-ATV; and Otokar will submit the Cobra and Cobra-2. Once the offers are submitted, FMI will choose three vehicles to start the test phase.
Nexter won an order from the French army to supply 15 Aravis to the 13th Engineer Regiment and has also won two export contracts for this vehicle to Saudi Arabia and Gabon.
Denmark means to procure an initial lot of 36 new protected patrol vehicles but is leaving open an option for more. Four variants will be delivered to the Royal Danish Army: patrol, electronic warfare, support and reconnaissance.
The Danish ground forces currently use 91 Eagle IVs acquired in 2005 together with about 20 modified Humvees and a few Jackals supplied by the British company Supacat.
Denmark is in the midst of an ambitious modernisation programme for its land platforms, recently procuring 309 armoured Piranha Vs and now moving forward in its programme to replace its M109A3 Paladin self-propelled howitzers.