Rheinmetall has unveiled the HX3, the latest generation of its globally tried-and-tested HX family of heavy-duty trucks. The company claims that this completely redesigned, future-proof, military truck, addresses contemporary military and automotive trends by drawing on innovative new technologies. Among other things, users can expect:
- better protection
- improved mobility
- enhanced driving comfort
- digital interface architecture for greater operational flexibility and future performance upgrades
At the same time, the valued core strengths of the HX2 and the family concept are retained, the company stated. Like its predecessors, the vehicles of the new HX3 generation are Military-off-the-Shelf (MOTS) products, designed for military operations. In addition to the robust chassis and powerful engine, a new active rear axle suspension is available as an option, which improves the vehicle’s performance both on and off road.
The new HX3 generation embodies a platform concept designed for logistic operations and tactical scenarios alike, Rheinmetall says in the release. Thus, the HX3 will be available in 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 10×10 versions. New systems such as the fully Automated Load Handling System (ALHS) and Universal Torsion-Resistant Subframe (UTRS) will further facilitate its classic logistics role. Yet, the HX3 is also better able than ever to serve as a systems carrier for complex weapon and radar systems. For example, these include truck-based artillery systems, which are likely to gain importance in coming years. In combination with the newly developed Artillery Truck Interface (ATI), the HX 10×10 could be utilised in future as the standard basis for various artillery solutions or similar systems.
HX3 Customer Focus
Owing to its completely redesigned cab, the HX3 delivers even greater ease of operation and crew protection, Rheinmetall says. Various assistance systems assure enhanced safety in everyday operations, whether for soldiers deployed in the field or in civilian settings. Coupled with assistance systems such as the Emergency Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning, a totally new electronic and electric architecture guarantees the vehicle’s future viability – particularly with regard to autonomous driving.
As an option, HX3 trucks can be equipped with an armoured cab, whose protection level can be modularly augmented. Furthermore, in addition to conventional camouflage, the new generation of vehicles feature a digital stealth mode. If necessary, all data transmission and receiver functions can be switched off to reduce the vehicle’s digital signature. As an active self-defence measure, the reinforced roof offers space for weapon stations with heavy weaponry. As a further option, additional active and passive protection systems are available, including Rheinmetall’s ROSY Rapid Obscuring System and the very short-range ADS Active Defence System.
Due to a systematically applied identical components concept and extensive functional commonality between different models, administering and operating the fleet of vehicles becomes simpler and more efficient. Strict adherence to a policy of component and functional unity facilitates maintenance, logistics and training, while a global service network guarantees fast resupply and support throughout a long service life. Among others, the circle of international HX user nations now includes:
- Great Britain
- New Zealand
Norway and Sweden have also placed substantial truck orders with Rheinmetall.