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Jun 7 2021

Luxembourg to acquire 80 new lightly armoured vehicles through NSPA

LUXEMBOURG –Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Mr François Bausch, has announced the acquisition of 80 Command Liaison and Reconnaissance Vehicles (CLRV) for the Luxembourg Armed Forces, pending parliamentary budget law approval. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) will support Luxembourg with the acquisition and the CLRV fleet life-cycle-support requirements up to End-Of-Service-Life (EOSL).

The future CLRV will replace both the Protected Response Vehicle (PRV) fleet as well as the aging High-Mobility-Multipurpose-Wheeled-Vehicle (HMMWV) fleet of the Grand Duchy Armed Forces. The fleet upgrade will enable Luxembourg to enhance their operational capabilities.

"This investment is part of the objective of 0.72% GDP for Luxembourg's defence effort to be achieved in 2024. The acquisition is also part of the high added value contributions that Luxembourg continues to provide in the context of NATO, the EU as well as the UN, collective defence, peacekeeping operations (PKO), crisis prevention and management." reads the press statement from the Luxembourgish government.

The multi-role and multi-purpose CLRV will feature high ballistic and mine protection. It will be equipped with a specific Remote Weapon Station and French SCORPION Programme based mission equipment to ensure interoperability with other partners. Mission equipment commonality with Belgium and France will allow common obsolescence management and logistic synergies, thus reducing CLRV fleet support costs.

The new vehicles will replace the army's existing fleet of gun-bearing Hummer and Protected Reconnaissance Vehicles "to guarantee the best protection of personnel and to improve interoperability with allied countries"
Photos: Luxembourg Army

The scope of NSPA's support to land systems has gradually expanded over the years and now it embraces the entire system life cycle management, from the initial acquisition support via production and in-service support to the phase-out and demilitarization stages. "NSPA provides significant economies of scale and scope, giving Nations greater buying power, sharing of non-recurring costs and access to highly skilled engineers, technicians, logisticians and procurement specialists. We are extremely grateful for the trust placed by our Host Nation, Luxembourg, to deliver this important project for their Armed Forces" assured Mr Robert Elvish, NSPA Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Manager.

Story by NATO Support and Procurement Agency

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