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German army buys trucks from Swiss company

The German Army has ordered 60 armoured vehicles from the Swiss company Mowag in Kreuzlingen, in the northeastern canton of Thurgau.

Equipped with machine guns, the Eagle IV trucks are intended to be used for patrol and humanitarian duties in Afghanistan.

Mowag confirmed the news on Thursday after a report appeared in the German edition of the Financial Times. The defence ministry told the paper the order was being rushed through in response to the worsening security situation in Afghanistan.

The contract is expected to be signed this week. This isn’t the first such sale; in 2008, Mowag sold 198 Eagle IVs to Germany.

Mowag is a subsidiary of General Dynamic, a US defence company.

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