Rheinmetall Completes Handover Of HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicles To New Zealand Defence Force
Rheinmetall is happy to announce the official handover of three HX 8×8 Heavy Restoration Autos to the New Zealand Defence Pressure (NZDF) at an official ceremony on November twenty fifth 2021 on the Trentham Navy Camp in Wellington, New Zealand. The profitable supply of the automobiles to the NZDF gives the New Zealand Military with necessary new capabilities, with the HX 8×8 Heavy Restoration Autos having enhanced restoration and mobility capabilities particularly developed to satisfy the present and future operational wants of the NZDF. Mr Gary Stewart, Managing Director Rheinmetall Defence Australia, had deliberate to personally attend this ceremony to mark its significance nonetheless was hampered by COVID journey restrictions. Colonel Ben Bagley, Director of Land Area for NZDF attended the ceremony to just accept handover of the automobiles from Marty Roelofs, New Zealand Supervisor at Rheinmetall.
“Though it is vitally disappointing to not be again in New Zealand for this necessary occasion marking the joint achievement of the handover of the HX 8×8 Heavy Restoration Autos, we’re nonetheless very happy with this milestone. The HX 8×8 Heavy Restoration Automobile is one other instance of our dedication to offering sustainable design, improvement and manufacturing that delivers world main services and products to the NZDF. Supply of this enhanced restoration functionality, complementing the already delivered Medium-heavy Operational Autos fleet, within the midst of worldwide COVID challenges is a testomony to the connection between Rheinmetall and the NZDF,” Mr Gary Stewart. Stewart stated.
The acquisition of the HX 8×8 provides to the in-service medium and heavy operational car fleet with NZDF. The Medium-heavy Operational Autos (MHOV) fleet which was equipped by Rheinmetall has had important use already with NZDF, in coaching, operations and catastrophe aid each in New Zealand and offshore. At simply 2.55 metres vast, the HX 8×8 Heavy Restoration Automobile permits higher accessibility and operates exceptionally in tough terrain with a capability to cross ditches of 1.4 metres vast and cross flooded areas of 1.5 metres in depth, in addition to scale gradients of as much as 60 per cent and facet slopes of 30 per cent. The HX 8×8 Heavy Restoration Autos delivered to the NZDF are the primary on the planet to make use of the Built-in Armoured Swap Cabin which permits simple configuration of the automobiles to go well with the operational want. The HX 8×8 Heavy Restoration Automobile can be in a position to function in a spread of radically completely different environments, working in chilly situations as little as -32°C and in sizzling situations all the way in which as much as 49°C.
The HX household are a spread of purpose-designed tactical navy vehicles manufactured by Rheinmetall MAN Navy Autos (RMMV). The HX vary was disclosed in 2003, and the primary order was positioned in 2004. The HX vary changed the sooner FX and LX ranges in manufacturing. The HX2 vary, which at the moment enhances the unique HX vary, was introduced in 2012. The primary HX2 vary vehicles have been delivered in April 2016. The HX and HX2 ranges initially complemented the SX vary, however as of 2019 they’d changed the SX vary as the kind was now not produced. The HX3 vary was introduced in Could 2021, with sequence manufacturing scheduled for 2024. For readability, RMMV is a 49%/51% three way partnership established in January 2010 between MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG (now MAN Truck & Bus) and Rheinmetall AG.
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