Elbit chosen over Rafael to provide advanced radios for Spanish Army APCs 

The deal awarded to the alliance of Telefonica, Aicox and Elbit is estimated to be worth at least 6.5 million euros. The Spanish Army is said to be planning to acquire 550 E-Lynx software defined radios 

Elbit chosen over Rafael to provide advanced radios for Spanish Army APCs 

The VCR 8x8 Dragon. Photo: Spanish Ministry of Defense

A technical evaluation of software defined radios under consideration for the Spanish Army's new APCs was held recently in Spain. Three groups competed for the contract: the group of Telefonica, Aicox and Elbit Systems with the E-Lynx software defined radio, Tecnobit-Grupo Oesía with Rafael's B-Net radio, and the team of Thales and Indra with the Synaps radio.

"The industrial alliance established by Telefonica, Aicox and Elbit Systems will provide the E-Lynx communications system for the Spanish Army's Dragon 8x8 APC," according to a report by the Infodefensa website. "Under this contract, the first batch of 352 radios can be purchased."

As mentioned, the offer by Telefonica, Aicox and Elbit, based on the E-Lynx family of software defined radio systems, competed with two other offers –one by Tecnobit-Grupo Oesía, and the other by Thales and Indra. It is not clear why Tecnobit failed to mention its collaboration with Rafael in the official publications regarding the acquisition project.

The production of the new APCs is scheduled to begin in December at the plant of Spanish defense contractor Santa Bárbara Sistemas, with the first units expected to come off the assembly line during 2022.

The deal awarded by Spain's General Directorate of Armament and Material (DGAM) to the joint venture by Telefonica, Aicox and Elbit for the supply of radios is estimated to be worth at least 6.5 million euros. The offer made by the three-company alliance was based on the E-Lynx 7200-HH. The Spanish Army is said to be planning to acquire 550 radios of this type, with delivery to begin in the middle of 2021. 

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