Rafael subsidiary appeals Spain's decision to select Escribano turret for Dragon armored vehicle 

Spanish company Pap Tecnos seeks a reevaluation, claiming the winning bid did not meet the requirements 

Rafael subsidiary appeals Spain's decision to select Escribano turret for Dragon armored vehicle 

Photo: Pap Tecnos

Pap Tecnos, a Spanish subsidiary of Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has appealed the Spanish Ministry of Defense's decision to select a weapon station of Spanish company Escribano for the Army's new 8x8 Dragón infantry fighting vehicle.  

As Israel Defense reported in late June, Escribano's Guardian weapon station was chosen over two other turrets, that of Pap Tecnos and that of a joint venture of Elbit Systems with Spanish companies Navantia and Expal.  A total of 219 Spanish Army Dragon vehicles are to be equipped with the weapon station, which includes a 30mm cannon, under the contract worth about 200 million euros. 

In a document submitted to the Defense Ministry, Pap Tecnos claimed that Escribano's bid did not meet the requirements for the contract, and thus endangered the development of the program and the security of the users of the vehicle. Therefore, Pap Tecnos said, the company seeks a reevaluation of the offers that does not consider the one that was chosen for the contract.

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