Rheinmetall has secured a €543m order to deliver additional logistic vehicles to Bundeswehr, the unified armed forces of Germany.

Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support, or BAAINBw, awarded the new contract to Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV).

As agreed, RMMV will deliver an additional 1,401 military trucks, which come under the Bundeswehr rubric of Unprotected Transport Vehicles (UTFs).

The procurement will be made under a framework contract signed in 2017.

The initial call-off comprises a total of 292 5t trucks and 109 15t trucks, as well as related services with a combined value of €154m. The deliveries are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The remaining 1,000 trucks, which will include 150 5t vehicles and 850 15t models, will be purchased later this year and in 2022 for €389m.

A section of the procurement will be funded from Germany’s pandemic recovery package.

In a statement, Rheinmetall said: “Dedicated to the twin modern imperatives of security and mobility, the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group is thus playing a significant role in modernising the Bundeswehr’s fleet of logistic vehicles, which numbers thousands of trucks.

“Most of the principal components, including the engines, axles, transmissions and build-ons, are made in Germany; assembly of the vehicles takes place at the RMMV plant in Vienna.”

Last month, Rheinmetall secured another framework contract to supply tank ammunition with a combined sales volume of up to €556m to Bundeswehr.