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Navantia, EXPAL and Elbit Systems Present TIZONA, the 30mm Unmanned Turret for the 8x8 of the Spanish Army at FEINDEF

Issue 93

Navantia, EXPAL and Elbit Sytems officially present TIZONA, the 30mm unmanned turret for the Program “Combat Vehicle on Wheels” (VCR 8x8) of the Spanish Army, at FEINDEF, the International Defence Exhibition held in Madrid from the 29th to 31st of May.

An institutional event held at Navantia’s stand at the show had an important presence by the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces. Susana de Sarriá, President of Navantia, put in value “the national nature of our proposal, which in addition to generating an important workload in Cádiz, is a safe bet for the Ministry, in terms of production risk reduction and life cycle”.

Pedro Sallent, General Manager of EXPAL, highlighted that “this alliance seeks to offer our Armed Forces a state-of-the-art weapons system produced by two Spanish Defence companies, strengthening our technological sovereignty.”

The presentation of TIZONA in FEINDEF confirms the agreement signed by the three companies in December 2018, which will allow both the production in Spain of the towers and their future maintenance and updating.

In this program, Navantia provides the knowledge, experience and facilities with a high capacity to integrate and manufacture weapons systems, artillery and medium-caliber weapons, while EXPAL will be responsible for the manufacture and testing of electrical and electronic subsystems, as well as their maintenance. Elbit Sytems, as technologist, will support the start-up and qualification of the new production lines, and guarantees the low technological risk of the program. In addition to the strong domestic production plan, the partners have defined an ambitious export plan, which will benefit from the strong international vocation of the Spanish partners.