Starting in late 2026, Norway will be taking delivery of almost 300 advanced TG3 MIL 8×8 military trucks from Rheinmetall, worth over €150 million. The contract was signed on May 31, 2023 in Oslo by Gro Jeare, director of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA), and Michael Wittlinger, chairman of the board of management of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV).
In terms of volume, it is the largest single call-off of trucks to date under the framework contract concluded between Rheinmetall, Norway and Sweden. Earmarked for the Norwegian armed forces, the package encompasses multiple vehicle variants, including hook loader trucks, special vehicles with crane and hook loader systems as well as trailers and flatracks, the company said in a June 7 press release.
The primary purpose of the vehicles will be to enhance the transport capacity and operational capabilities of the Norwegian military. The latest call-off represents less than half of the necessary logistic vehicles covered by the framework contract, meaning that follow-up orders from Norway and other Scandinavian nations are likely.
“We see this follow-up order as clear proof of the professional and partner-like cooperation in recent years as well as the compelling performance of our products”, declares Michael Wittlinger. “As we see it, the fact that more and more NATO armed forces are opting for our TG and HX vehicles is an important step toward greater interoperability and resilience. We take our responsibility to supply the best possible systems here very seriously.”
The roots of the successful Scandinavian logistic truck project reach back to 2008, when a project group of the Norwegian armed forces drew up a specifications catalogue for new military logistic trucks. RMMV’s proposal won the day in 2013.
Together with its Swedish opposite number, the FMV procurement agency in Stockholm, the NDMA signed a framework agreement on March 31, 2014 with RMMV for the supply of military logistic trucks. A related agreement covers the long-term provision of service support by RMMV.
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH RMMV is joint venture company in which Rheinmetall AG holds a 51% stake and MAN Truck & Bus SE the remaining 49%. –rheinmetall/adj/mhi (Pix: Rheinmetall)