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Rheinmetall supplying Bundeswehr with 2,000-plus trucks
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2017

Rheinmetall to modernize German armored transport vehicles
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017 - Rheinmetall of Germany announced on Tuesday expects to modernize 38 Boxer 8x8 armored vehicles of the German Army under a contract given it by ARTEC, the Boxer consortium.

The contract was issued by OCCAR, the European procurement agency in late June, to ARTEC, and Rheinmetall it expects the award to be passed to Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles in the next few weeks.

ARTEC is a joint venture of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Nederland.

The value of the contract is more than $23.8 million, including taxes, the company said in a press release.

The German Army's 38 Boxer armored transport vehicles are in the command variant. They are to be upgraded to the A2 level, meaning modifications will have to be made to the vehicles' chassis and mission modules.

The vehicles would also receive advanced driver visualization technology, new weapon systems, IT equipment modules and new communication systems.

Work on the vehicles would be completed by 2020, Rheinmetall said.

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles is to supply Germany's armed forces with more than 2,000 logistics vehicles in a number of variants, the company said on Thursday.

The framework agreement from the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support is for a seven-year period, provides for 2,271 HX2 family vehicles, and has a gross value of about $1 billion.

An initial lot of 558 trucks -- gross value of more than $272 million -- has been taken under contract, together with special tools and training support, Rheinmetall said.

The vehicles will be assembled at the Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles plant in Vienna but key components will be produced in Germany.

The vehicles are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2021.

"This new Bundeswehr order underscores yet again Rheinmetall's status as one of the world's foremost suppliers of systems and equipment for ground forces, with an extensive portfolio of tracked and wheeled tactical and logistic vehicles," Rheinmetall said in a press release.

The new vehicles are to replace KAT I generation of trucks made by MAN. Some of the Kat I vehicles have been in use for 40 ears.

The HX2 family of vehicles to be supplied range from 4x4 to 10x10 configurations. Some are cargo trucks and heavy-duty recovery vehicles, such as tankers and system platforms, while others are folding-road and bridge-laying systems.

Belgium to acquire troop transport vehicles
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Belgium's Council of Ministers have approved a request by Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput to acquire 199 Light Troop Transport Vehicles. The purchase, approved on Friday, was part of an urgent renewal of vehicles operated by the country's Special Operations Forces and obtained in the early 1990s. The Ministry of Defense said special operation forces act with speed, autonomy a ... read more

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