Rheinmetall has unveiled its newest tactical truck, the HX3, which provides greater visibility and crew protection than previous generation HX vehicles and features a new electronic architecture that ‘future proofs’ the vehicle for autonomous driving capability upgrades.
Like its predecessors, the vehicles of the new HX3 generation are designed for logistic and tactical operations alike. In addition to the robust chassis and powerful engine, a new active rear axle suspension is available as an option to improve the vehicle’s performance regarding protection, mobility and comfort both on and off road.
The HX3 is better able to serve as a systems carrier for complex weapon and radar systems, including truck-based artillery systems likely to gain importance in coming years.
New systems such as the fully Automated Load Handling System (ALHS) and Universal Torsion-Resistant Subframe (UTRS) will further facilitate its classic logistics role.
Coupled with assistance systems such as the Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), a new electronic and electric architecture guarantees the vehicle’s future viability – particularly with regard to autonomous driving.
With standardised interfaces, the HX3 will be able to integrate future technological upgrades, such as truck platooning and other automated applications.
As an option, HX3 trucks can be equipped with an armoured cab with a protection level that can be modularly augmented. The HX3 will also feature a digital stealth mode where all data transmission and receiver functions can be switched off to reduce the vehicle’s digital signature.
As a self-defence measure, the reinforced roof offers space for weapon stations with heavy weaponry. Additional protection systems are also available, including Rheinmetall’s ROSY Rapid Obscuring System and the very short-range ADS Active Defence System.
The HX3 will be available in 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 10×10 versions. In combination with the newly developed Artillery Truck Interface (ATI), the HX 10×10 could be utilised in future as the standard basis for various artillery solutions or similar systems.