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Germany orders Elefant 2 vehicles

19th December 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rheinmetall has received a contract from the German Bundeswehr to supply its Elefant 2 heavy-duty semi-trailer tractors.

The first of these unprotected transporters is scheduled for delivery in 2019, with a further 31 vehicles to follow in 2020. The order for the first 32 vehicles is worth around €28.5 million. The contract will run for seven years and includes an option for the supply of a further 105 Elefant 2 vehicles, bringing the total value of the contract to €122 million for 137 vehicles.

The Elefant 2 semi-trailer is powered by an eight-cylinder, 680 HP diesel engine. The high-mobility truck has a maximum speed of 89km/h and can handle gradients of 60%. The technically permissible gross train weight is 139t. The Elefant 2's cab can be exchanged for a protected version and its equipment includes a Rotzler double winch, each with pulling strength of 20t.

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