Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has received a €543 million order to supply a further 1,401 military trucks to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr).
The procurement of new trucks comes under the Bundeswehr’s Unprotected Transport Vehicle (Ungeschützte Transportfahrzeuge, UTF) program. The delivery of the trucks, procured under the new order, is scheduled to take place in 2021 and 2022.
Funding for the procurement of a thousand of these vehicles comes from the German federal government’s pandemic recovery package. The order was placed by the German defense procurement agency, Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw).
A framework contract for the procurement of modern military trucks signed in July 2017, which originally envisaged the purchase of 2,271 vehicles from RMMV’s HX family, has now been augmented to enable procurement of a further 1,000 trucks, bringing the current total to 3,271 UTFs. The procurement includes HX42M 6×6 trucks with a five-ton payload, and HX44M 8×8 trucks having a load-carrying capacity of 15 tons.
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. An additional 1,000 military trucks, worth €382 million, was ordered at the end of December 2019.
A current call-off from the original framework contract comprises a total of 292 5-tonne trucks and 109 15-tonne trucks. Including related services, the 401 vehicles in this call-off come to €154 million. Delivery is to be complete by the end of 2021.
Furthermore, another 1,000 trucks – including 150 5-tonne vehicles and 850 15-tonne models – are to be purchased in 2021 and 2022. They represent sales of €389 million. Funding will come from the German government’s economic recovery package, with delivery to be complete by the end of 2022.
The new UTF trucks will gradually replace Germany’s trusty but aging MAN KAT1 MIL GL trucks and will enhance the German Army’s logistics capability. The first batch of 20 HX2 military trucks was transferred to Bundeswehr in 2018.