Rheinmetall to supply EPLS retrofit kits for British Army’s HX trucks

20 September 2018 (Last Updated September 20th, 2018 11:37)

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has been awarded a contract to deliver a new loading system in support of the upgrade of the British Army’s fleet of logistic vehicles.

Rheinmetall to supply EPLS retrofit kits for British Army’s HX trucks
British Army’s HX58 truck variant. Credit: UndateableOne.

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has been awarded a contract to deliver a new loading system in support of the upgrade of the British Army’s fleet of logistic vehicles.

Under the deal, the company will provide a total of 382 retrofit kits for the enhanced pallet loading system (EPLS) to be integrated into HX trucks.

Valued at more than €43m, the RMMV contract was booked in the first half of this year. The delivery and upgrade is slated to be completed by the end of January 2021.

Between 2005 and 2013, the British Army acquired more than 7,500 HX logistics vehicles.

With growing demand for transport solutions for containers, officials from RMMV, MAN Truck & Bus UK and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) designed a plan to retrofit and modernise existing flatbed vehicles with a hook-lift system.

“Between 2005 and 2013, the British Army acquired more than 7,500 HX logistics vehicles.”

The contract with the MoD has been entered by MAN Truck & Bus UK, who is responsible for leading the project management and undertaking the conversion of the vehicles in the country.

RMMV is committed to delivering the conversion kit that will be manufactured by the company’s production plant in Vienna, Austria.

The hook loading system is produced by Swedish manufacturer HIAB.

Based on the civilian MAN TG series, the HX trucks are designed for heavy off-road use and can be used for all military purposes, ranging from carrying cargo or troops to being used as heavy-equipment tractors.

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles is a joint venture company established by Rheinmetall and MAN Nutzfahrzeuge.