Rheinmetall to supply HX heavy trucks for Swedish Army Patriot system

18 January 2019 (Last Updated January 18th, 2019 10:48)

The Swedish procurement authority FMV has placed an order with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) for high-mobility trucks from its HX series.

Rheinmetall to supply HX heavy trucks for Swedish Army Patriot system
An early HX2 (HX40M) at a RMMV media demonstration in Germany. Credit: UndateableOne.

The Swedish procurement authority FMV has placed an order with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) for high-mobility trucks from its HX series.

The double-digit million-euro deal will see the supply of 40 trucks that will be used for transporting the Swedish Army’s Patriot air defence systems manufactured by Rheinmetall’s partner Raytheon.

Raytheon and Rheinmetall announced their teaming agreement in March 2018 and the award represents the first joint procurement project under the partnership.

Of the total number of units to be supplied, 16 will be tractor trucks and 24 transport vehicles. Deliveries under the contract will begin in the first quarter of 2021.

In a statement, Rheinmetall said that the latest order ‘underscores the customer’s satisfaction with these tried-and-tested ‘military-off-the-shelf’ vehicles’.

The Swedish Armed Forces has already awarded a contract for the delivery of other HX vehicle variants for its logistics corps.

“Designed to be equipped with additional force protection solutions to protect the crew, the HX2 can travel even in some of the ‘worst roads and toughest terrain’.”

Derived from the civilian MAN TG series, the HX trucks are available in 4×4, 6×6 and 8×8 variants.

The vehicles are designed for heavy off-road use and can be used for all military purposes, ranging from carrying cargo or troops to heavy-equipment tractors.

The HX2 is the latest version in the HX series that meets the requirements of a modern logistic vehicle such as maximum mobility, ruggedness and versatility, according to the company.

Designed to be equipped with additional force protection solutions to protect the crew, the HX2 can travel even in some of the ‘worst roads and toughest terrain’.

Currently, about 10,000 units of the HX series are in service across the world.

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

The Raytheon-built Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence system that forms the core of integrated air defence and anti-missile defence for seven Nato nations. It is also interoperable with seven other partner countries globally.