The Australian Defence Force has contracted with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) of Germany, a joint venture company of Rheinmetall AG and MAN Truck & Bus AG, to supply it with advanced logistical vehicles.
Under a far-reaching modernization programme, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is procuring around 2500 protected and non-protected logistical vehicles from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia. The contract is worth $1.58 billion.
According to a statement from Rheinmetall, “The new vehicles will replace the ADF’s current fleet, which is made up of equipment from a number of different manufacturers.”
The company claims that having a uniform fleet will simplify maintenance and spare parts procedures and therefore result in lower operating costs.
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia will supply trucks in a number of different weight classes and in various configurations. These include medium and heavyweight recovery vehicles, heavy-duty logistical vehicles, integrated load handling systems as well as medium-sized cargo bed variants with cranes, fuel and water modules and tipper bodies.
The first vehicles of “Land 121” Phase 3B are to be delivered starting in 2016 and the contract is due for completion in 2020.
RMMV’s Australian subsidiary will be in charge of managing this procurement project. The vehicles will be built at the RMMV plant in Vienna, Austria, while other tasks such as production of modules and some bodies, vehicle and C4I integration will be performed at Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia and its local partner companies.