German-based automotive supplier and military technology group Rheinmetall has got a massive order from an international customer for military trucks. The order consists of 110 logistic vehicles worth a total of €134 million (Rs 972 crores). These vehicles are earmarked for delivery between January 2018 and February 2019.
The contract also includes comprehensive service and logistical support for a period of five years. The vehicles which are ordered are tractor-trailers based on the HX81 from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV).
The RMMV HX family consists of military-of-the-shelf (MOTS) products. These trucks have a service life of at least 20 years and 300,000 km in military use.
Around the globe, 12,000 of these HX family vehicles are currently in service. The major users of this vehicles are UK, Denmark and New Zealand.
Many other countries such as Sweden and Norway, Australia has also placed some major orders with RMMV in recent years.
The standard HX family vehicles can operate in climatic zones A1 to C2, which means at temperatures ranging from -46 degree celsius to +49 degree celsius. Another important feature is that it is possible to equip them with passive and active protection solutions without major re-engineering work.
The HX family comes in variants from 4x4 to 10x10. The product lineup includes cargo trucks, tankers, heavy-duty recovery vehicle, folding road laying and bridge-laying systems, and system platforms.