Indra, Santa Bárbara Sistemas, SAPA and Escribano receive permission from the Ministry of Defense to create the company that will execute the VCR 8×8 Program
The company will deal with the supply of 348 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), as well as the maintenance and support of their life cycle and the international commercialization of these.
The objective of the four companies through this partnership is to satisfy all operational objectives and respond to all the needs of the Army and the Ministry of Defense and that the Combat Vehicle Program becomes a driving element of the national industry.
Madrid, May 13th, 2020. Indra Sistemas, Santa Bárbara Sistemas, Sapa Placencia and Escribano Mechanical & Engineering will constitute a company that will be in charge of executing the VCR 8×8 Program, after the Ministry of Defense has signed the commitment that allows the constitution of said company.
The new company will deal with the supply of 348 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), as well as the maintenance and support of their life cycle and the international commercialization of these. These vehicles will be delivered within an estimated period of seven years from the signing of the Program Agreement.
The objective of the four companies through this partnership is to satisfy all operational objectives and respond to all the needs of the Army and the Ministry of Defense and that the VCR 8×8 Program becomes a driving force of the national industry. Along these lines, the development of this program involves an ambitious national Industrial Plan, which facilitates maintaining the Design Authority in Spain and favors a high participation of the national industry in it, in a percentage not less than 70%.
The program will have a special impact in Asturias, Sevilla, Guipúzcoa and Madrid, where it is expected to create 650 direct jobs and another 1,000 indirect ones.
The program will additionally generate Industrial Property for the national industry and will allow national sovereignty to be maintained over a product that represents an essential capability for the national defense.
Indra (www.indracompany.com) is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technology partner for key business operations of its clients worldwide. It is a world leading provider of proprietary solutions in specific segments of the Transport and Defense markets. Indra is an international leader in the Defense industry for the development of critical projects for the national defense of the countries for which it works, for its participation in major European programs and in the framework of NATO and its export capacity, and the Spanish national industrial coordinator in the European Defense Program FCAS. In addition, it is a leading company in digital transformation consulting and Information Technology in Spain and Latin America through its subsidiary Minsait. At the end of 2019, Indra had revenues of 3,204 million euros, more than 49,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and commercial operations in more than 140 countries.
About Santa Bárbara Sistemas
Santa Bárbara Sistemas SA, part of the General Dynamics European Land Systems group, is a Spanish company based in Madrid and close to 1,000 highly qualified workers who design, manufacture, integrate and maintain combat systems, including tracked and wheeled ground platforms, as well as artillery systems. For more information, www.gdels.com
About SAPA Placencia
The objective of SAPA Placencia (www.sapa.es) in this project is to transform knowledge leadership into, into global-business leadership, positioning itself as a technological benchmark in vehicle mobility. For this, SAPA Placencia keeps a great human team at its facilities in Andoain and Madrid (Spain), as well as in Detroit (USA). SAPA Placencia has been and is committed to defending technology.
About Escribano Mechanical & Engineering
Escribano M&E, a Spanish company with technological capabilities, development and manufacturing engineering for the full development of Remote Weapons Stations, Electro-Optical Systems and guided ammunition kits. Escribano M&E is committed to innovation and investment in cutting-edge and dual-use technologies. Naval (SENTINEL) and land (GUARDIAN) Remote Weapons Stations and their Electro-optical systems for advanced observation and tracking (OTEOS) have been tested by Navies and Armies around the world, currently being a world reference. The 12.70mm Naval Remote Weapons Station (SENTINEL 2.0) is in use by our Spanish Navy and the OTEOS system has been selected by the CIVIL GUARD for surveillance of our borders.