GERMANY - .Bundeswehr renews logistic truck fleet


Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) a framework contract for 629 HX2 family logistics vehicles in the last week. The contract follows on the heels of two smaller ones awarded to Liebherr for 71 protected truck-mounted cranes.

On 5 July, the BAAINBw signed a framework contract with RMMV for the delivery of 558 five- and 15-tonne HX2 trucks worth about EUR224 million (USD255 million). The seven-year contract forsees the delivery of 339 five-tonne trucks and 219 15-tonne trucks starting in March 2018.

Rheinmetall will deliver an initial lot of 558 trucks in 2018-2021. Most of the key components – engines, axles, transmissions, and build-ons – will be produced in Germany, and the vehicles will be assembled at the RMMV plant in Vienna.

All the trucks belong to the same family of vehicles, with 92% commonality among the sub-assemblies. This will reduce the operating costs because of identical spare parts and similar vehicle handling and maintenance, according to the BAAINBw. The vehicles are designed so that unprotected and protected driver's compartments can be exchanged under a guarantee from Rheinmetall.


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