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In modern combat, which is characterized by operations in extensive areas, logistics based on high-performance trucks are one of the guarantors of successful action. Military trucks benefit from ongoing developments in civil trucks, but they also require special equipment features.

Reliability, high transport performance, tactical mobility and, last but not least, adequate protection are among the central requirements for military logistics trucks. The long, planned useful lives of ten to twenty years, which are often exceeded in practice, require a high growth potential. The Federal Government's current economic stimulus package offers the Bundeswehr the opportunity to significantly accelerate the modernization of the truck fleet with additional funds. Up to ten billion euros are available in the package.

Vehicle categories

The military demand - measured in numbers - is low compared to the output of the large truck factories. Therefore, the level of development in the civilian sector forms the starting point for the addition of vehicle properties in accordance with military requirements. Military logistics trucks can be divided into three categories depending on the intended use and the need for adjustment.

Rheinmetall's HX2 series has been introduced in large numbers in numerous countries (Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Austria, Sweden) (Photo: Rheinmetall)

If only insignificant adjustments are required, commercial (hü) trucks are used, as they are offered on the market. The range of requirements often includes high mileage on well-developed supply routes. Protection against threats such as shelling or blasting is not implemented. Because the company does not have its own (additional) development, procurement and operation of the vehicles are particularly cost-effective.

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