Rheinmetall has been awarded a supplementary procurement order by the Bundeswehr to supply four Route Clearance Systems over a four-year period, the company announced on 5 May.

Rheinmetall will convert five FUCHS 1A8 wheeled armoured transport vehicles into operator team vehicles and four WIESEL 1 airmobile weapons carriers into tracked detector platforms. The scope of delivery also encompasses seven reserve dual sensors with transport and storage racks, together with logistical support. The dual sensor, a key component of the Route Clearance System, is a new version purged of obsolescent elements.

Rheinmetall first supplied the Bundeswehr with seven Route Clearance Systems in 2011 as part of the Heavy Explosives and Ordnance Demolition Platoon. A complete system consists of five vehicles configured for the following tasks: detection and clearance of landmines and improvised explosive devices, command, and transport.

The remotely controlled WIESEL features a newly-developed, integrated dual sensor with ground-penetrating radar as well as a metal detector. Its task is to detect landmines and IEDs on sections of road as well as in off-road terrain. Equipped with operator consoles for controlling the vehicles and systems for evaluating the dual sensor signals, the FUCHS 1A8 serves as a mobile, highly-protected command post.

Ordered separately, the ordnance verification vehicle is tasked with remotely-controlled inspection of suspicious objects. An integrated video system allows embarked operators to monitor the situation on the ground at all times.

The vehicles of the DEU Route Clearance System are transported using Multi FSA trucks built by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV). (Photo: Rheinmetall)

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