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Bundeswehr orders logistic vehicles from Rheinmetall

The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, has ordered 1,401 unprotected military trucks from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), the company announced in a press release on 6 January.

Rheinmetall valued the order at EUR543 million (USD666.6 million), adding that 1,000 of the vehicles are funded by the German government’s economic stimulus package to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

The BAAINBw has ordered 1,401 unprotected military trucks from RMMV. (Rheinmetall.)

The BAAINBw has ordered 1,401 unprotected military trucks from RMMV. (Rheinmetall.)

The 1,000 trucks are on top of 2,271 HX trucks the BAAINBw ordered under a EUR900 million framework agreement with Rheinmetall in July 2017.

A total of 401 of the 2,271 vehicles originally ordered – 292 in the five-tonne load class and 109 in the 15-tonne load class – and services worth EUR154 million are to be delivered by the end of this year. Another 150 five-tonne and 850 15-tonne trucks worth EUR389 million funded by the stimulus package are to be procured in 2021–22.

Most of major components of the trucks – engines, axles, transmissions, and superstructures – will be produced in Germany and the vehicles will be assembled at RMMV in Vienna, Austria.

The BAAINBw previously ordered 48 SaZgM 70t unprotected heavy tractor trailers from Rheinmetall worth EUR41 million, the company announced on 21 December 2020. Deliveries of 24 tractor trailers will take place this year, with the remaining 24 in 2022. This is in addition to 32 SaZgM 70t trucks already delivered in 2019–20 under a seven-year framework contract for 137 of the vehicles worth EUR122 million that the BAAINBw awarded Rheinmetall in 2018.

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