Spanish Pizarro Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle the Austrian version is known as the Ulan

The ASCOD (Austrian Spanish Cooperation Development) AFV family is the product of a cooperation agreement between Austrian Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG and Spanish Santa Bárbara Sistemas.


The ASCOD family includes a 105 mm gun Light Tank LT 105, a SAM launcher, an AT missile launcher, mortar carrier, R&R vehicle, Command & Control vehicle, ambulance, artillery observer and the AIFV model.

In Spanish service the vehicle is called Pizarro, while the Austrian version is called Ulan. An initial 123 Pizarro infantry fighting vehicles and 23 command and communications vehicles were ordered in 1996 and delivered to the Spanish Army by the end of 2002.

The vehicle's main armament is a 30 mm dual-feed, gas operated Mauser MK 30-2 automatic cannon with a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun. The 30mm gun has a rate of fire of 800 rounds a minute and can fire a range of ammunition including APFSDS rounds.

The hull and turret are constructed from all welded steel armour, which provides protection against 14.5 mm armour-piercing incendiary rounds.

The ASCOD is fitted with an MTU 8V-183-TE22 8-V90 diesel engine, rated 600 hp, and a Renk HSWL 106C hydro-mechanical transmission, and torsion bar suspension.

PIZARRO/ULAN Specifications
Type Tracked multi-role armoured infantry fighting vehicle
Manufacturer Austrian-Spanish Co-operative Development (ASCOD)
Crew 3 + 8 troops
Armament 30mm cannon, 7.62mm machine gun
Length 6.8m
Height 2.7m
Width 3.2m
Weight 25 tonnes
Powerplant Diesel engine producing 600hp (441kW)
Performance Max speed 70km/h, range 500km
Variants Many variants include: LT 105 light tank, anti-aircraft missile carrier, anti-aircraft gun system, anti-tank guided missile carrier, mortar carrier, repair and recovery vehicle, logistics carrier, command and communication carrier, artillery observation post and ambulance