In late December, the Bundeswehr ordered a further 1,000 logistic vehicles from Rheinmetall for €382 million – the third call-off from a 2017 framework contract encompassing over 2,200 state-of-the-art military trucks, which the Bundeswehr is purchasing as part of its ‘Unprotected Transport Vehicles’ project. Featuring a basic military configuration, these robust, off-road-capable vehicles will be available to support the Bundeswehr’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) 2023 mission.

Of the thousand vehicles just ordered, 675 have a 5t payload, while the remaining 325 have a load-carrying capacity of 15t. The trucks will be built at the Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) plant in Vienna from January, with delivery to be complete by the end of the year.

Awarded by the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on 5 July 2017, the framework contract, which runs for a period of seven years, encompasses a total of 2,271 vehicles from RMMV’s HX family. As a first step, 558 vehicles were ordered immediately, with a further call-off of 252 vehicles in May 2019, and another 60 in November.

Serving the twin operational imperatives of mobility and security, Rheinmetall is playing a key role in the project to modernize the Bundeswehr’s fleet of trucks, which includes thousands of vehicles. Most of the principal components – the engines, axles, transmissions and build-ons – are made in Germany and the vehicles assembled at the RMMV plant in Vienna.

Current users of Rheinmetall logistic vehicles include the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark: Norway and Sweden have also placed substantial truck orders recently. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

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