The Slovenian military in Ljubljana have received 40 new build military swap body trucks as part of Germany’s Ringtausch programme.

The trucks were supplied by Rheinmetall and were built based on the unprotected transport vehicles that are manufactured for the German Armed Forces.

MAN Truck & Bus Slovenija, the local partner of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, transferred the vehicles.

According to Rheinmetall, the deal ‘represents sales volume in the lower two-digit million-euro range’ for the company.

Ringtausch is the German government’s equipment exchange programme developed in partnership with its neighbours and Nato allies to support Ukraine against the Russian invasion.

It also involves the transfer of Soviet-era heavy equipment to Ukraine by Nato countries in receipt of surplus Western-made systems.

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On 21 September 2022, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht signed a declaration of intent with Slovenian Defence Minister Marjan Šarec for the equipment exchange.

Following the signing, the German Ministry of Defence, the Slovenian armed forces, and Rheinmetall entered negotiations, and on 5 December an order was placed with the company.

The delivery of trucks represents the completion of a major part of the project. In the next two years, the supply of individual components and training modules to Slovenia will take place.

It follows the recent supply of military aid to Ukraine by the Slovenian armed forces.

As part of the multilateral exchange of equipment, the Slovenian military will also receive variable loader platforms, initial service packages, five palletised water tank modules, and training.

Rheinmetall also supplies main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles to the militaries of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Greece as part of the multilateral equipment exchanges.