Spain to repair the gears of its 6-cylinder diesel M113 APCs

MADRID, ($1=0.89 Euros) — The Spanish military has awarded Zealab a contract with a budget of just over one million euros for the maintenance of the gear and transfer boxes in the fleet of vehicles of the TOA family [Transporte Oruga Acorazado or Armored Caterpillar Transport in English]. The works will continue for the next three years, until December 2023, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, referring to InfoDefensa.

Spain repairs transmission of its 6-cylinder diesel M113 APC
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The contract includes repairs – corrective maintenance – of the above-mentioned components to ensure their operability and operation. In particular, it includes revisions, repairs, modifications, installations, tests, and other maintenance work. Zealab presented the best offer. Three other companies [Cohemo, Grupo JPG, and Casli] also took part in the tender, run by the Army Logistics Support Command’s Economic Affairs Headquarters, whose bids were rejected in the evaluation process.

The amount of the contract, including tax, is 1,050,000 euros [$ 1.17 million], divided into three annuities of 350,000 euros [$ 392,000] for the period 2022-2024. Zealab [formerly Madzeal], based in Alcorcon [Madrid], is defined as a company specializing in 4.0 engineering solutions and supply of high-tech spare parts.

Withdrawal of TOA

The army has launched a plan to reduce its veteran fleet from the M113 TOA, which includes the withdrawal of more than half of the vehicles in operation, moving from 1,250 currently operating platforms to about 600. “There are currently 1,250 operating platforms, of which reduction, about 770 will remain in the first phase, which will continue to decline in successive phases,” explained the Spanish army.

Tierra has also been working for several years to upgrade part of its TOA. This program affects just over 700 platforms in the fleet. The update began in 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2023. “Modernization is carried out by the logistics elements of the army, without the intervention of external elements, in addition to providing the necessary spare parts,” the army said. The works mainly concern the suspension of the vehicle and do not include improvements in the propulsion or fire-fighting capacity of the fleet.

New vehicle for chain maintenance

In parallel, studies have already begun on the development of a new tracked vehicle that will replace the entire TOA family. According to the current plans of the army, the replacement of M113 with future vehicles will begin no earlier than 2027 and is scheduled to be completed in 2035. By this year, all platforms of the TOA family should be decommissioned.

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