By order of the German Government, Rheinmetall is supplying Ukraine with new HX 8×8 trucks. In total, 26 of these hookloading vehicles will be transferred to Ukraine. The order is worth €12.5M According to a press release by the company, deliveries of the vehicles have already commenced.
Built by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, the HX family is among the most widely used range of military trucks anywhere, Rheinmetall emphasises. Over 15,000 vehicles are in global service. A military-off-the-shelf family of vehicles, HX trucks are designed for high durability, mobility, ease of use and modularity.
Rheinmetall has already been involved in several activities in support of Ukraine. In 2023, with the backing of the German Government, the Rheinmetall subsidiary Zeppelin Mobile Systeme GmbH is to supply Ukraine with a turnkey field hospital.
In addition, Rheinmetall is taking part in several “Ringtausch” operations. The “Ringtausch” is a procedure developed by the German Government to support the Ukrainian war effort in cooperation with neighbouring European countries and NATO partner nations. Here, NATO countries transfer Soviet-era heavy equipment to Ukraine, receiving surplus Western-made systems in exchange. Rheinmetall is currently supplying various fighting vehicles from company reserves, including Leopard 2 A4 tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles, to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Greece. Furthermore, HX 8×8 trucks are also supplied to Slovenia. In turn, these NATO countries are to transfer tanks and IFVs to Ukraine.
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