GDELS (General Dynamics European Land Systems) presents its new 4×4 MERLIN LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) at Eurosatory 2022.
Press Release, Paris, 13 June 2022: [Embargoed until 13:30 BST] General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) presents its new 4×4 Light Tactical Vehicle MERLIN at the EUROSATORY 2022 Defence & Security International Exhibition, on June 13th in Paris.
MERLIN, a small Falcon, is the name of GDELS´ newest Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) responding to the latest operational requirements of modern Airborne, Special Forces and Light Infantry Forces. The vehicle, designed by GDELS, is based upon the same engineering principles as the combat-proven EAGLE, which sets the standard in its class.
A new member in the GDELS Wheeled Vehicles Family: The LTV MERLIN is an extremely durable, compact, light and robust vehicle platform, which provides superior multi-role as well as payload potential and protection for its military users. The MERLIN provides unmatched payload range and user space in its 4×4 wheeled vehicle configuration. The compact 4×4 vehicle fits inside CH-47 and/or CH-53 transport helicopters and can accommodate up to 10 soldiers.
Based on the proven DURO / EAGLE platform: The unique driveline and suspension technology of the vehicle is a derivate of GDELS` proven and in-service DURO / EAGLE 4×4 chassis. This provides significant savings in operator and maintenance training and maximises commonality in tools and spare parts. Powered by a modern diesel engine, MERLIN provides superior agility, manoeuvrability and cross-country mobility. Due to the flexibility and versatility of the vehicle body design, the MERLIN can be configured in different variants for personnel transport, ambulance, logistic and combat missions. With the MERLIN, GDELS is proud to introduce a new class of robust military vehicles based on combat proven technology.