New Zealand awards Rheinmetall contract for 200 trucks totalling NZ$113 millionDüsseldorf, )
The order encompasses trucks in three basic sizes: the 6-tonne 4x4, the 9-tonne 6x6 and the 15-tonne 8x8, in ten variants. Some of the trucks will be fitted with winches and cranes to allow completely independent operation. They include dump trucks for combat engineers, trucks fitted with specialized pallet and container handling equipment, and tractor/semi-trailer combinations to carry heavy vehicles and equipment. RMMVA is the Australian subsidiary of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV), the Rheinmetall Group's specialist for logistical and tactical wheeled vehicles.
Commenting on the order, Dr Jonathan Coleman declared that "The procurement of up to 200 new operational trucks that I am announcing today for the New Zealand Army will help bring them firmly into the 21st century. The new trucks will replace the old Unimogs and heavier trucks that have given sterling service for nearly 30 years. The new trucks can carry more, use up-to-date technology to deliver maximum performance and efficiency, and can be equipped with extras such as armour, weapons and electronic equipment to protect the crew and allow them to function effectively on today's battlefields."
This procurement order follows the UK's purchase of 7,500 MAN trucks. Pietro Borgo, member of the executive board of Rheinmetall Defence, said that the company will deliver the final vehicle to Her Majesty's Armed Forces in June 2013. "The UK project has been a very successful project. We are looking forward to providing the NZ Defence Forces not only with our vehicle systems but also our comprehensive training package and through-life support services. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles prides itself on providing reliable customer support."
The contract includes vehicles, armour protection kits, weapons mounts, personnel modules and an extensive range of specialized military equipment. It also covers spares, logistic support arrangements, project management and extensive training packages, including five additional vehicles specifically for training purposes.
The first training vehicles are due to arrive in mid 2013, meaning that operators can be trained before the bulk of the fleet begins arriving at the end of this year.