In cooperation with CSM Industry, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has unveiled a new high-mobility multipurpose excavator vehicle based on the HX 8×8, designed for combat engineer operations and disaster relief missions.
The new variant derives from RMMV’s family of logistic vehicles, which are in service worldwide. It carries a UDS 214 excavator build-on, a proven system made by Slovakian crane and excavator maker, CSM Industry.
Able to pivot 360 degrees, the build-on features an extendable telescopic arm that attains a length of up to 14.60 meters. It can use various tools alongside the excavator shovel, such as a hook or hydraulic drum cutter. This universally deployable device can lift loads of up to 7.5 tons and can therefore serve as an auxiliary crane. If needed, the excavator operator’s cab can be protected in accordance with common STANAG levels and fitted with a ventilation system.
Like RMMV’s entire HX family, the HX 8×8 is a military off-the-shelf vehicle designed to withstand gruelling military conditions, assuring excellent mobility even in the toughest terrain. When ready to operate, the basic version of the vehicle weighs 28 tons.
Its MAN D2676 diesel engine generates an output of 387 kW or 540 hp, giving the HX 8×8 a top speed of 90 km/h. The vehicle can handle inclines of 60% and wade through water up to 1.5 meters deep. If needed, the HX 8×8 can be equipped with Rheinmetall’s protected Integrated Armored Cabin (IAC) or prepared for its optional use. The vehicle can also be fitted with a remotely operated weapon station for self-defense.
Belonging to the HX family – of which more than 16,000 vehicles are now in service worldwide – offers advantages regarding maintenance, repairs and training. Multiple NATO nations already own HX family trucks, resulting in synergy effects particularly during multinational operations.