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Welsh Government Deputy Minister Receives Update on SCOUT Specialist Vehicle

General Dynamics UK hosted Ken Skates AM, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, on a visit to its Oakdale site today.

The Deputy Minister visited for a briefing on the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV), which is being delivered from General Dynamics UK’s Armoured Fighting Vehicle design and engineering centre in Oakdale.

A core component of Future Force 2020 for the British Army, SCOUT SV will offer unparalleled protection, weight and agility for a vehicle of its class, along with the most advanced Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities on a single platform. In service, users will benefit from the key advantages of the SCOUT SV’s common base platform approach, including a lower cost of ownership and smaller logistics footprint thanks to the commonality of its components across the fleet. The SCOUT SV’s reliability and the protection it provides will be second to none.

General Dynamics UK unveiled the first pre-production prototype SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) at DVD 2014 at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire in June.  The platform, a Protected Mobility Recce Support (PMRS) variant, showcased the step-change in Armoured Fighting Vehicle capability being delivered to the British Army.

During his visit, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates AM said:

“General Dynamics UK, one of our Anchor companies, is making rapid progress in delivering a world-leading family of vehicles to the British Army.  I was keen to visit to learn more about the programme and to meet the team delivering first-rate capability from right here in the heart of the South Wales Valleys.”

Kevin Connell, vice president at General Dynamics UK – Land Systems, said:

“We are delighted the Deputy Minister was able to visit today to learn more about SCOUT SV and to meet the team delivering the programme. The ongoing support from the Welsh Government for this and other programmes is invaluable.”

The Deputy Minister was visiting General Dynamics UK for the second time in 2014. He visited in March for a briefing and demonstration of General Dynamics UK’s tactical communications capabilities, including the Bowman tactical communications system that has been in service with the British Army for more than a decade. General Dynamics UK was recently awarded two five-year contracts by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide the design, engineering and logistic support for the Bowman communication system.