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13 Sep 2005

Panther, the British Army’s command and liaison vehicle (CLV), assembled and integrated by BAE Systems at its facility in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England, is making its public debut at DSEi in its British Army configuration.

Based on a chassis designed by Iveco in Italy, Panther CLV is designed for strategic and tactical mobility with a high level of protection against anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. It also provides operators with a lower vehicle profile while still giving a high level of crew protection.

The vehicle displayed at DSEi is one of seven pre-series vehicles currently undergoing performance trials for the British Army at the armoured trials and development unit (ATDU) Bovington, Dorset to prove all aspects of the vehicle’s capability. Three development vehicles will complete battlefield mission trials over a six month period. This will be followed by the formal user and reliability qualification trials in the early part of 2006.

At DSEi, BAE Systems will highlight the flexibility Panther CLV offers operators. Designed primarily for strategic and tactical mobility it can be configured as a scout, command or liaison vehicle or as a weapons platform.

Over the past 12 months BAE Systems has built significant capability in the fast growing land systems sector, through the acquisition of Alvis and United Defense, combined with RO Defence.

Core capabilities of the new business group include design, development, production, systems upgrade and integration plus through-life support for a wide variety of land systems products


BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The Company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, combat vehicles, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years and is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems. BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The Company employs over 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 14.8 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

For further information, please contact:

Greg Trew, BAE Systems
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384029

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