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Düsseldorf, Germany- On Thursday, Rheinmetall announced that they have been awarded a contract by Swedish company BAE Systems Bofors AB to supply 48 all-terrain HX 8×8 Cab Chassis trucks with protected cabins. The vehicles, produced by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), will serve as carriers for the Swedish Armed Forces’ Archer artillery systems. The contract, signed in March 2024, is valued at approximately €71 million. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2024 and will be completed by the end of 2027.

The robust HX vehicles are tailored to meet the needs of a 155mm wheeled howitzer, designed to endure the pressure wave when firing and provide optimal off-road mobility. Additionally, Rheinmetall’s integrated armored cabin enhances crew protection in high-risk scenarios. The order also includes service and maintenance provisions. This contract marks the first series integration of the Archer system on the HX truck family.

BAE Systems Bofors AB will handle the system integration. Currently, the Archer wheeled artillery system operates on a 6×6 platform, which will be replaced by the new HX 8×8 systems. The HX2 series trucks are already in extensive use within the Swedish armed forces, serving as logistics trucks and carrier vehicles for the Patriot air defense missile system. The family concept of the HX vehicle family facilitates seamless integration into existing Swedish military logistics.

NATO Interoperability and Global Presence

With this contract, Rheinmetall contributes to enhanced NATO interoperability. The HX family of military trucks is widely adopted by several NATO and allied nations, including Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Denmark, Austria, and Norway, in various configurations. The uniformity of these systems offers significant synergies in training, deployment, maintenance, and repair.

The new contract underscores Rheinmetall’s commitment to supporting the Swedish Armed Forces and enhancing NATO’s operational capabilities with reliable and protected military vehicles.

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