Eurosatory 2014

Germanic alliance produces Survivor (ES14E1)

16 June 2014

Germany’s Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) and Achleitner of Austria have announced a strategic co-operation, intended to combine the flexibility and innovative strength of a midsize vehicle manufacturer (Achleitner) with the global reputation, market presence and corporate resources of a leading European defence multinational (RMMV).

The initial result of this co-operation is the Survivor R, adding a 15-tonne GVW class protected wheeled vehicle to RMMV’s increasing portfolio of multirole vehicles. Survivor R is shown configured for a CBRN role on Rheinmetall’s stand (Outdoor D211). The primary mission of the CBRN reconnaissance vehicle will be to detect, identify, mark, sample and report chemical, biological and radiological contamination and provide forecast information to units deployed in the area of operations.

To minimise initial procurement and throughlife costs, Survivor R is based on a militarised MAN TGM 17-tonne GVW truck chassis and automotives. RMMV was created in 2010 as a joint company between Rheinmetall AG and MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG.

RMMV inherited the expertise in protection and systems integration of Rheinmetall, and complementing this has access to quality commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components from the volume truck production of MAN.

Survivor R uses only series-produced COTS components, with the bulk of the militarisation required integrated into the TGM production line at MAN’s truck plant in Steyr, Austria. Through life support will be based on the worldwide service, support and manufacturing networks of Rheinmetall and MAN, thus ensuring Survivor R can offer users supportability, high levels of operational availability and genuine service longevity.

Survivor R is powered by a 330hp high-sulphur fuel tolerant MAN diesel engine, coupled to a MAN 12-speed automated gearbox and two-speed transfer box. The MAN front axle is rated at 7.1 tonnes; the rear at 11.5 tonnes. Suspension is by leaf springs, shock absorbers and antiroll bars. Mobility is enhanced by run-flat inserts, a self-recovery winch and the option of a central tyre inflation system.

Survivor R’s armoured monocoque cabin provides undisclosed levels of protection and one of the highest internal volumes in its class. With an unladen weight of 10,900kg and up to 4,100kg of military payload, Survivor R offers a respectable payload-to-weight ratio. This combination of protection, workspace and payload makes Survivor R well suited to requirements involving complex systems integration.

Survivor R is air transportable by C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.



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