The Bundeswehr has placed an order with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) for a further 1,401 military trucks with a gross total value of €543 million, the company announced on 6 January.

Funding for 1,000 of these Unprotected Transport Vehicles (UTF in German) comes from the federal government’s pandemic recovery package. Delivery is scheduled to take place in 2021-2022. A framework contract was signed in July 2017, which originally envisaged the purchase of 2,271 vehicles, and has now been augmented to enable procurement of a further 1,000 trucks.

A current call-off from the original framework contract comprises a total of 292 5t and 109 15t trucks. Including related services, this call-off comes to €154 million, with delivery to be complete by the end of 2021. The additional 1,000 trucks – including 150 5t and 850 15t models –represent sales of €389 million and are to be delivered by the end of 2022.

Rheinmetall plays a significant role in modernising the Bundeswehr’s fleet of logistic vehicles. Most of the principal components – including the engines, axles, transmissions and build-ons – are made in Germany; assembly of the vehicles takes place at the RMMV plant in Vienna. The armed forces of the United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand and the United Kingdom also rely on Rheinmetall trucks, and Norway and Sweden have each also placed substantial orders.

The new UTF trucks will continue Rheinmetall’s contribution to the Bundeswehr’s modernisation of its utility fleet. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

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