Rheinmetall AG April 4 said it has a major order for military wheeled logistical vehicles from the Norwegian armed forces.

The vehicles are made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles

(RMMV), a joint venture with Rheinmetall AG holding 51 percent and MAN Truck&Bus AG holding 49 percent.

Signed at RMMV’s Vienna plant, the framework contract for military logistical vehicles runs through 2025. It is linked to an additional agreement under which RMMV will provide the Norwegian armed forces with long-term service support.

HX 8x8 Photo: Rheinmetall
HX 8×8
Photo: Rheinmetall

Simultaneously, a first firm order was placed for new trucks. Worth over $137 million, this contract also includes integrated logistical support such as the supply of spare parts and maintenance services. Delivery of the first batch of vehicles, a mix of different models, is expected to begin in mid-2015 and finish in mid-2017.

The new vehicles are intended to enhance the transport capacity of the Norwegian military’s logistical arm as well as expanding its operational capabilities.

The new high-tech vehicles, including different variants, will be configured to meet the exacting specifications of the Norwegian armed forces, RMMV said in a statement. Some of the trucks will feature an integrated armored cab, providing vehicle crews with effective protection from ballistic threats and shrapnel.

Fostering added force protection and maximum operational effectiveness, the trucks will also feature state-of-the-art communications and command technology as well as a remotely operated weapon station mounted to the roof of the cab for an integral self-defense capability.