Spanish MoD Green-Lights Creation of Company to Execute VCR 8×8 Program

Spanish Ministry of Defense (MoD) has given permission to Indra Sistemas, Santa Bárbara Sistemas, Sapa Placencia and Escribano Mechanical & Engineering to constitute a company to execute the VCR 8×8 program.

This new company will be in charge of the supply of 348 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (“Vehículos de Combate sobre Ruedas”,VCR) to the Spanish Army (Ejército de Tierra), as well as the maintenance and support of their life cycle and the international commercialization of the vehicles.

According to a statement from Indra Sistemas, these vehicles will be delivered within an estimated period of seven years from the signing of the Program Agreement.

VCR 8x8 Dragón
VCR 8×8 Dragón armoured vehicle. Photo: Spanish Army (Ejército de Tierra)

The objective of the four companies through this partnership is to satisfy all operational objectives and respond to all the needs of the Army and the Ministry of Defense and that the VCR 8×8 Program becomes a driving force of the national industry. Along these lines, the development of this program involves an ambitious national Industrial Plan, which facilitates maintaining the authority of design in Spain and favors high participation of the national industry in it, in a percentage not less than 70%.

The program will have a special impact in Asturias, Seville, Guipúzcoa and Madrid, where it is expected to create 650 direct jobs and another 1,000 indirect ones.

The program will additionally generate industrial property for the national industry and allow national sovereignty to be maintained over a product that represents an essential capacity for national defense.

The four companies:

Indra is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technology partner for key business operations of its clients worldwide. It is a world-leading provider of proprietary solutions in specific segments of the Transport and Defense markets.

Santa Bárbara Sistemas SA, part of the General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) group, is a Spanish company based in Madrid and close to 1,000 highly qualified workers who design, manufacture, integrate and maintain combat systems, including ground platforms for chains and wheels, as well like artillery systems.

The objective of SAPA Placencia ( in this project is to transform leadership into knowledge, into global-business leadership, positioning itself as a technological benchmark in vehicle mobility. For this, it has a great human team at its facilities in Andoain and Madrid (Spain), as well as in Detroit (USA).

Escribano M&E, a national company with technological capabilities, development and manufacturing engineering for the full development of Remote Weapons Stations, Electro-Optical Systems and guided ammunition kits. Escribano M&E is committed to innovation and investment in cutting-edge and dual-use technologies. Naval (SENTINEL) and land (GUARDIAN) Remote Weapons Stations and their Electro-optical systems for advanced observation and tracking (OTEOS) have been tested by Navies and Armies around the world, currently being a world reference. The 12.70mm Naval Remote Weapons Station (SENTINEL 2.0) is supplied by our Spanish Navy and the OTEOS system has been selected by the CIVIL GUARD for surveillance of our borders.

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