Rheinmetall to modernise Bundeswehr’s fleet of logistic vehicles
Under the Bundeswehr’s Unprotected Transport Vehicle (UTF) programme, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has entered a framework agreement with the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), i.e. the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to supply a total of 2,271 HX2 family vehicles with a gross value of approx. €900 million.
An initial lot of 558 trucks with a gross value of approx. €240 million has been taken under contract, including special tools and training support. Most of the key components (engines, axles, transmissions and build-ons) will be produced in Germany, though the vehicles will be assembled at the RMMV plant in Vienna, Austria. Delivery of the first lot will take place 2018-2021.
New HX2 vehicles are set to replace the old KAT I generation of trucks made by MAN, some of which have been serving faithfully for 40 years. The latest of HX2 vehicles are the outcome of decades of experience in developing, building and servicing military vehicles, according to the company. With some 10,000 vehicles now in service around the globe, the HX2 numbers among the world’s most widely used military trucks, with abundant operational experience. Among others, the current list of user nations includes the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark. Norway and Sweden have both placed substantial orders with RMMV as well.