Rheinmetall announced on 17 December that it has delivered the SURVIVOR R special operations vehicle ordered earlier this year by the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. Herbert Reul, Minister of the Interior in Nordrhein-Westfalen, symbolically presented the keys to the police SWAT unit in Essen.
This versatile vehicle is specially configured to meet the needs of tactical law enforcement in extreme situations. Three German states – Berlin, Saxony and Nordrhein-Westfalen – now equip their police special operators with the SURVIVOR R. Made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, the vehicle epitomises Rheinmetall’s commitment to the twin modern imperatives of security and mobility. Developed in cooperation with Austrian special vehicle manufacturer Achleitner, the SURVIVOR R is particularly suited to police SWAT team-type operations. Vehicles of this kind are critically important in high-risk situations, when special operations personnel need to be transported safely to the area of operations, or for evacuating persons from a danger zone.
The SURVIVOR R is based on a high-performance 4x4 MAN truck chassis, outfitted with a steel armour passenger compartment. Capable of reaching a top speed of over 100 km/h, this high-mobility vehicle combines tried-and-tested automotive engineering from large-scale production runs with state-of-the-art force protection technology from Rheinmetall.
Systematic use of civilian off-the-shelf and standard military components results in a sensibly priced vehicle, while simultaneously benefitting from Rheinmetall MAN’s global service and maintenance network. This makes the SURVIVOR R a cost-efficient, easy-to-maintain vehicle with low lifecycle costs and high operational readiness.