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Germany orders more logistics vehicles

7th January 2021 - 08:55 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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​Contract for Rheinmetall exceeds €500 million, including almost €390 million from the German COVID-19 economic recovery fund.

German defence procurement agency BAAINBw has ordered 1,401 additional military trucks from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) in a contract worth €543 million ($668.39 million).

Funding for 1,000 of these Unprotected Transport Vehicles (German acronym – UTF) comes from the German federal government COVID-19 recovery package. This procurement is added to a framework contract for 2,271 UTFs that was signed in July 2017.

The new logistics vehicles replace older-generation KAT I trucks made by MAN.

Deliveries are scheduled to take place in 2021 and 2022, Rheinmetall announced on 6 January.

Most principal components of the trucks – including the engines, axles and transmissions – are made in Germany, while the vehicles themselves are assembled at the RMMV facility in Vienna, Austria.

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