HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicles for NZDF

The HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicles for the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) are the first in the world to use the Integrated Armored Swap Cabin which allows easy configuration of the vehicles to suit the operational need By DA Reporter / 13 Dec 2021
Rheinmetall HX 8x8 HRV

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles has delivered three HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicles to the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) at an official ceremony on November 25th 2021 at the Trentham Military Camp in Wellington, New Zealand.

“Although it is very disappointing not to be back in New Zealand for this important event marking the joint achievement of the handover of the HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicles, we are still very proud of this milestone,” said Rheinmetall Defence Australia managing director, Gary Stewart.

“The HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicle is another example of our commitment to providing sustainable design, development and manufacturing that delivers world leading products and services to the NZDF.

“Delivery of this enhanced recovery capability, complementing the already delivered Medium-heavy Operational Vehicles fleet, in the midst of global COVID challenges is a testament to the relationship between Rheinmetall and the NZDF.”

The HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicles have enhanced recovery and mobility capabilities specifically developed to meet the current and future operational needs of the NZDF.

The HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicles delivered to the NZDF are the first in the world to use the Integrated Armored Swap Cabin which allows easy configuration of the vehicles to suit the operational need. Rheinmetall will also provide a dedicated training team to conduct initial training on the vehicle with the NZDF.

At just 2.55 metres wide, the HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicle allows greater accessibility and operates exceptionally in difficult terrain with an ability to cross ditches of 1.4 metres wide and cross flooded areas of 1.5 metres in depth, as well as scale gradients of up to 60 per cent and side slopes of 30 per cent.

The HX 8×8 Heavy Recovery Vehicle is also able to operate in a range of radically different environments, operating in cold conditions as low as -32°C and in hot conditions all the way up to 49°C.

The NZDF is already using the medium-heavy operational vehicles (MHOV) fleet, supplied earlier by Rheinmetall, for training, operations, and disaster relief.

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