The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) has ordered 1,000 additional military trucks, worth €382 million from Rheinmetall, at the end of December 2019.
The order is the third one under a framework contract signed between the German Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and Rheinmetall in July 2017. This framework agreement calls for the supply of a total of 2,271 state-of-the-art military trucks, from the Rheinmetall HX family, to Bundeswehr as part of its Ungeschützte Transport Fahrzeuge (UTF, “Unprotected Transport Vehicles”) project which will run for a period of seven years.
An initial 558 vehicles were ordered during the signing of the agreement with further order of 252 vehicles followed in May 2019, and another 60 in November 2019. The first batch of 20 HX2 military trucks was transferred to Bundeswehr in 2018.
Of the thousand vehicles now ordered, 675 are HX42M 6×6 trucks with a five-ton payload, while the remaining 325 are HX44M 8×8 trucks having a load-carrying capacity of 15 tons. Starting in January 2020, the trucks will be built at the Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) plant in Vienna, with delivery to be completed by the end of the year. But most of the principal components – the engines, axles, transmissions, and build-ons – are made in Germany.
Featuring a basic military configuration, these robust, off-road-capable vehicles will gradually replace Germany’s trusty but aging MAN KAT1 MIL GL trucks. The new trucks enhance the logistics capability of the German Army and will be available to support the Bundeswehr’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) 2023 mission.