Rheinmetall to supply German Bundeswehr with new trucks
Rheinmetall has begun serial delivery of 342 roll-off tipper vehicles to the German enterprise in charge of the Bundeswehr’s fleet of non-tactical vehicles.
According to a 19 November Rheinmetall statement, the first 69 logistic vehicles were transferred to the state-owned BwFuhrparkService GmbH (BwFPS), to be followed by up to eight more trucks per week.
‘By supplying these hook lift-equipped TGS 8x4 trucks, Rheinmetall is making another important contribution to bolstering the Bundeswehr’s operational readiness,’ the company said in the press release.
The company said that the order, issued at the end of 2019, was worth a figure in ‘the two-digit euro million range’, making it the largest single order for commercial trucks in company history. Delivery is expected to be complete by the middle of next year.
‘Rheinmetall and its truck specialist Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) have thus emerged as major suppliers of commercial trucks to the Bundeswehr, augmenting the group’s long-established role as a source of state-of-the-art combat vehicles,’ the company statement said.
The vehicles are expected to give the Bundeswehr the ability to quickly transport a massive amount of materiel using its own trucks when Germany takes over the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023.
The vehicles will be stationed all over Germany, primarily with logistics units, expanding the Bundeswehr’s logistic capabilities when it comes to the rapid handling of materiel.
Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defence holds a 75.1% stake in BwFPS, with the remaining 24.9% held by Deutsche Bahn, a German railway company.
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