GDELS-Santa Bárbara Sistemas, one of the European benchmarks in Armored Vehicles and Artillery Systems, belongs to General Dynamics European Land Systems of the General Dynamics Corporation. Employs about 1,000 highly qualified workers, in its centers in Spain (Trubia, Seville, and Madrid) as well as in teams deployed in the United Kingdom and international theatres of operations. With great capabilities and presence in different regions of Spain and, combining with the latest technologies and innovation both, in its processes and its products, it can offer its customers the best and most advanced solutions that have already been exported from Spain to other allied nations such UK (through GDUK). The GDELS-Santa Bárbara Sistemas portfolio includes tracked (ASCOD) and wheeled (PIRANHA 8x8) armored vehicles and artillery systems (HOWITZER SIAC 155/52). About 1,000 units of the different variants of ASCOD have been manufactured or are under contract in five countries (NATO and no NATO). Its versatility has been demonstrated, with excellent performance, by the decision of the Spanish Government to deploy it to Latvia as part of one of the Multinational Combat Groups of the “Enhanced Forward Presence” mission of NATO.



The ASCOD Family of Tracked Vehicles is a versatile and powerful tracked platform for current and future operation theatres, which are operated by various NATO and no NATO countries. The modular design architecture offers adaptability and scalability and is remarkably cost-efficient for maintenance. The modular design means the platform can be tailored to a customer’s specific needs and requirements. The ASCOD provides the best-in-class protection, fully certified, integrated survivability, reliability, and use of state-of-the-art technology. With different payload capacities and growth potential and its alternative power pack and running gear, ASCOD offers a wide range of configurations that cover all major roles as Armored Fighting Vehicle; Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Armored Personnel Carrier, Command Post, Forward Observer, Repair, Recovery, Engineering, Artillery 155/52 (DONAR), Direct Fire / Light Tank or Bridge launcher and can integrate all types of turrets and weapon systems. With more than 1,000 units under contract, the ASCOD Family of Vehicles comprises the Spanish PIZARRO, the Austrian ULAN, the British AJAX, and the Philippine SABRAH. 


With more than 11,000 vehicles fielded worldwide, the development of the 8x8 PIRANHA family continues. In Spain, GDELS-Santa Bárbara Sistemas participates in the design and manufacture of the new Wheeled Combat Vehicle VCR 8x8 DRAGÓN in cooperation with other Spanish companies. The vehicles offer a full range of standout features, such as custom-built driveline, modular protection, unrivaled payload to gross vehicle weight ratio, an almost unlimited range of weapon stations, amphibious capability, and a renowned mobility. The PIRANHA provides the features and performance required of a modern multirole vehicle, one that is well suited to practically any battlefield or peace-keeping/peace-enforcing role anywhere in the world. Due to the design concept of this truly multipurpose vehicle, a wide range of special variants were built to meet the specific requirements of our customers. The PIRANHA offers a modular and exchangeable protection concept adaptable to various threats: Ballistic protection against KE, projectiles, fragments, and bomblets; Mine protection against Anti-Tanks (AT) blast mines, claymore - type mines, and protection against Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), Explosive Formed Penetrators (EFP), Improvised Explosive Devices(IED), and artillery shells; Active Protection System against Anti-tank Guided Missiles (TGM).


The SIAC is a state-of-the-art 155/52 caliber towed howitzer with self-propelled capabilities thanks to its integrated APU (Auxiliary Power Unit). This advanced design meets the most demanding requirements of modern field artillery and coastal defense missions. It features rapid deployability, excellent first-round hit probability, and a swift "shoot and scoot" capability for higher survivability. The Automatic Gun Laying System (AGLS), the Digital Navigation Aiming and Pointing System (DINAPS), and the Fully Automatic Ramming System (FIRS) are integrated into the SIAC to provide superior performance on the battlefield. The first two can be also integrated with other indirect weapon systems (mortar, rocket launchers, etc.). The ballistic computer of the SIAC 155/52 provides fast fire data for all NATO-compatible ammunition and offers ranges of over 40km and up to 60 km. The weapon systems offer maximum burst rates per minute and high MRSI (Multiple Round Simultaneous Impact). Finally, the SIAC is suitable for forming part of a net-centric defense solution that integrates multiple weapon systems that can be operated simultaneously. 





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