Following a trio of quick-succession defeats at the hands of Sweden’s Scania, Germany’s Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) recently bounced back to secure a Bundeswehr order that has the potential to exceed 2,200 vehicles.
RMMV announced on 7 July that Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) had awarded the company a seven-year framework contract for up to 2,271 HX2 range trucks, the total value of which is around EUR900 million (USD1 billion). An initial order for 558 trucks has been placed, with deliveries scheduled for a 2018-21 timeframe. Valued at around EUR240 million, this includes specialist tools and training support. To secure the UTF contract, RMMV is understood to have initially faced competition from Mercedes-Benz (Arocs and Zetros) and IVECO (Trakker), with actual trials and final selection between RMMV and IVECO.
Under the Bundeswehr’s Ungeschützte Transport Fahrzeuge/Unprotected Transport Vehicle (UTF) programme, these new trucks are set to replace the old KAT I generation of trucks made by MAN, the oldest examples of which were delivered in 1976.
UTF deliveries involve two HX2 range models: the HX42M (6x6) with a 5-tonne payload and the HX44M (8x8) with a 15-tonne payload. The Bundeswehr required a ‘family of trucks’ with around 90% commonality between models. Both RMMV models are powered by MAN’s latest D20 10.5-litre, 6-cylinder engine, which develops 440 hp (328 kW) and meets EURO 5 emissions requirements. The Bundeswehr also required UTF trucks to be legislatively compliant by default, but waived the current EURO 6 emissions level as it is widely accepted that engines so-compliant are generally not suited to prolonged operation on military and/or low grade fuels.
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