The Norwegian military procurement agency (NDMA) has officially handed over Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles’ (RMMV) high-performance military logistics vehicles to the Norwegian Army.
Announced by Rheinmetall, the formal transfer of vehicles was marked by a ceremony at Sessvollmoen military base, Oslo, on 23 August.
During the event, NDMA deputy director major general Øyvind Johan Kvalvik gave the vehicles’ keys to Norwegian Army second in command, brigadier general Frode Ommundsen.
RMMV is a joint venture (JV) between Rheinmetall (51%) and MAN Truck & Bus (49%).
The newly commissioned RMMV’s vehicles include 24 HX 8×8 military trucks with hook lift systems, 56 TGS 6×6 heavy-duty tractor trailers, and 29 TGS 4×4 and 6×6 vehicles.
The vehicles will expand the operational capabilities of the Norwegian forces. It will enhance the transport capacities of the Norwegian military’s logistics corps.
Some of the commissioned vehicles also feature an integrated armoured vehicle cab, which will protect crew from shrapnel and ballistic threats.
The vehicles can also be equipped with command-and-control and communication systems, along with remote-control weapon stations.
RMMV management board chairman Michael Wittlinger said: “We are proud to be able to transfer these state-of-the-art truck systems today to most important people in Norwegian armed forces, troops!
“We are certain that these vehicles will satisfy Norway’s soldiers, providing them with best-possible protection and support.”
Delivery of the 109 vehicles is part of a framework agreement signed by the NDMA, RMMV, and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in Stockholm to deliver military logistic vehicles.
It also includes an additional deal under which RMMV will provide long-term service support. This agreement was signed in March 2014 and will end in 2025.