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The Bundeswehr calls for the 2nd batch of unprotected military transport vehicles UTF mil worth € 96 million as part of the framework agreement between the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Utilization of the Armed Forces (BAAINBw) and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV). The order covers 161 trucks of the 5 t payload class (ZLK) and 91 trucks of the 15 t payload class (ZLK) and navigation equipment.

In July 2017, BAAINBw and RMMV concluded a framework agreement for the delivery of 2,271 UTF mil with a financial volume of 900 million euros and immediately called off the first batch of 558 trucks – 339 trucks in the ZLK 5 t (6×6) and 219 trucks in the ZLK 15 t (8×8). The complete delivery of the first batch will be completed within the next few months.

Production of the second batch is to follow immediately and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. A further 1,461 trucks can be ordered under the framework agreement. A period up to 2024 has been agreed for this.

Fielding of the UTF mil is an important component in the renewal of the Bundeswehr‘s vehicle fleet. Since 2000, the protected command and multipurpose vehicles (GFF), the first renewals of which are now pending, have been fielded. The protected transport vehicles have been in operation since 2012. Since 2002, BwFuhrparkService GmbH has been providing commercial trucks with special military equipment as a mobility service.

Gerhard Heiming