A new force in vehicle and armour systems is set to be announced at the International Armoured Vehicles Conference, held at the Excel Conference Centre this week.
Marshall Land Systems and Plasan will announce the formation of a joint venture to design, manufacture and market armoured solutions to the UK land, naval and — where appropriate — air domains. Working to provide an alternative solution for the supply of armour solutions to the end user, vehicle prime contractors and OEMs, the 50:50 joint venture will be based in the UK, with both companies having an equal number of board members.
Marshall Land Systems is a division of the Marshall Group, a £750m independent group of companies involved in the automotive, aerospace and land systems areas. Plasan is an international company engaged in the design, development, and manufacture of ballistic armour protection products and integrated survivability systems. The latter has been involved in a number of major Equipment Programme and UOR armouring projects for the UK market since 2003 — including the wheeled tanker, HET, Viking and Chinook, and most recently the medium tactical support vehicle, Husky, produced by Navistar Defence and designed to offer protection from ballistics threats, mines and roadside bombs.
“This JV is a major step in the development of Marshall Land Systems’ offering to the defence and security community. and enables us to provide an even more integrated solution to our customers, with Plasan, a world leader in survivability and armour solutions,” said Peter Callaghan, chief executive of Marshall Land Systems.
Added Dani Ziv, chief cxecutive, Plasan, “Marshall Land Systems expertise and knowledge, and the respect with which it is held, makes it the ideal partner for Plasan, as we seek to provide even better armour protection to our defence customers in the UK.”