Rheinmetall has received an order to modernise 21 additional Bergepanzer 3-Büffel / Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs) for the Royal Netherlands Army.

The order is for the second phase of the Dutch Army’s Bergepanzer 3 Büffel / Buffalo ARVs upgrade programme.

The specific value of the latest order awarded by the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces has not been disclosed, although it is said to have a ‘mid-double-digit euro million’ value.

Rheinmetall was awarded the first order under the project in April to upgrade four vehicles.

The second order calls for the complete overhaul of the next batch of recovery vehicles to ‘the latest technological and tactical standard’, the company said.

The modernisation will help the army to keep the combat support vehicles in service until 2040.

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Rheinmetall expects to deliver the first upgraded vehicles to the armed forces in 2021.

Work will be carried out at its facilities in Kassel, Germany, and Ede, the Netherlands.

The company will incorporate a new digital operating concept into the recovery vehicles. Enhancements will include advanced visualisation technology and installation of ballistic and mine protection systems.

Vehicles will also be equipped with new battlefield recovery equipment, Rheinmetall added.

Furthermore, the company will provide technical documentation and training under the contract.

The new protection systems are designed to protect the vehicle crew from modern battlefield threats. The recovery equipment at the rear side will help enhance the tactical effectiveness of the ARV by allowing the crew to tow damaged vehicles away to safety.

A universal transport platform in the rear section will accommodate equipment used to recover other vehicles.