Latest Generation of Proven Heavy Truck Family
Retaining the valued core strengths of the HX2, Rheinmetall launched the HX3 heavy-duty truck last week, completely redesigned and future-proofed.
With better protection, improved mobility, enhanced ride comfort and greater operational flexibility as a result of its digital architecture, HX3 is a military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) product, uncompromisingly designed for military use under the most gruelling operating conditions – a unique selling point in this market. In addition to the robust chassis and powerful engine, a new active rear axle suspension is available as an option, which significantly improves performance both on- and off-road.
Available in 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 10×10 versions, the HX3 will be characterised by even greater variant and system diversity. New systems such as the fully Automated Load Handling System (ALHS) and Universal Torsion-Resistant Subframe (UTRS) will further facilitate its classic logistics role. Yet the HX3 is also better able than ever to serve as a systems carrier for complex weapon and radar systems. These include truck-based artillery systems, for example, which are likely to gain importance in coming years. In combination with the newly developed Artillery Truck Interface (ATI), the HX 10×10 could be used in future as the basis for various artillery or similar systems.
Owing to its completely redesigned cab, the HX3 delivers even greater ease of operation and crew protection. Various assistance systems assure enhanced safety in everyday military or civil operations – such as the Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems, coupled with a totally new electronic and electric architecture that guarantees the vehicle’s future viability – particularly with regard to autonomous driving. Thanks to standardised interfaces, it will also be possible to integrate technologies that become available in future, such as truck platooning and other automated applications.
As an option, HX3 trucks can be equipped with an armoured cab, whose protection level can be modularly augmented. Furthermore, in addition to conventional camouflage, the new generation of vehicles feature a digital stealth mode: if necessary, all data transmission and reception functions can be switched off, to reduce the vehicle’s digital signature. As an active self-defence measure, the reinforced roof offers space for weapon stations with heavy weaponry. As a further option, additional active and passive protection systems are available, including Rheinmetall’s Rapid Obscuring System (ROSY) and the very short-range ADS Active Defence System.
Extensive functional commonality makes administering and operating a fleet simpler and more efficient, facilitating maintenance, logistics and training, while a global service network guarantees fast resupply and support throughout a long service life. With over 15,000 vehicles in operation worldwide, a high degree of compatibility with previous HX generations merely reinforces this. The global presence of RMMV vehicles brings major advantages when it comes to interoperability and logistics, especially during multinational operations. The circle of international HX user nations now includes Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Austria, Germany, New Zealand and the UK, with Norway and Sweden having also placed substantial truck orders with Rheinmetall.