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After discussing the 25 million euro bill in the defense and budget committees of the German Bundestag, a framework contract can now be concluded for the delivery of up to 1,048 protected transport vehicles (GTF) 8 × 8 Trakkers in the 15 ton load class. The contract will run for seven years. Initially, a binding order for 224 vehicles will be placed, which will be delivered between 2021 and 2025. Some of them are therefore available for use at the spearhead of NATO VJTF 2023.

The protected transport vehicles come in five versions: 32 vehicles of the basic version are to be delivered. 15 vehicles are equipped with a loading crane. Winch systems are provided on 76 vehicles. Seven vehicles will receive a loading crane and winch system. 94 of the protected transport vehicles are delivered with an air-sprung rear axle. The supplies can be transported in swap bodies or in containers.

The order follows on from the first two lots of GTF 15 tons. Iveco Defense Industries delivered a total of 146 of these vehicles to the German Armed Forces between 2013 and 2019.

The basis is again the robust military Iveco Trakker. With a military payload of 15 tons, the vehicle has a total weight of 32 tons. Up to 40 tons are technically possible. The Trakker is powered by a 368 kW diesel engine in accordance with Euro 6 via an automated transmission on all axles. The wheel assemblies have emergency running properties.

The protected cabin from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann offers the required protection against fire and mines as well as IEDs. It is prepared for the inclusion of modern command and information systems. The GTF Trakker were the first Bundeswehr vehicles to be delivered with the cross-system operating concept "Cross-sectional operation and display" (QBA). The seats for the three crew members can be used with or without protective equipment. The roof is prepared for a remote-controlled weapon station FLW 100. This means that the openings and connection points are also available, as are the cabling and the device holders. That is why the vehicle is also marked as a weapon system.

The Trakker with a protected cabin was introduced in 2008 as a carrier vehicle for the decontamination equipment TEP 90 and for road tankers. The TEP 90 carriers - without NBC equipment - were among the first protected logistics vehicles of the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan.

Gerhard Heiming