• US soldiers talk after a routine inspection of a Patriot missile battery.
US Army
    US soldiers talk after a routine inspection of a Patriot missile battery. US Army

Rheinmetall has been awarded a contract from the Swedish armed forces to supply vehicles for transporting Patriot air defence system.

From 2021, Rheinmetall will supply Sweden with a total of 40 trucks from its HX series, including 16 tractor trucks and 24 transport vehicles. The order is in the double-digit million-euro range.

FMV, the Swedish procurement authority, has already ordered other HX vehicles for its logistics corps.

HX2s are among the world’s most widely used military trucks. Some 10,000 are currently in service with the UK, Australia, NZ and Denmark. Norway, Sweden, and most recently Germany have all placed substantial orders with Rheinmetall.

The newly awarded order is the first joint procurement project of Raytheon and Rheinmetall since the launch of their teaming agreement in March 2018.

Raytheon’s Patriot system forms the backbone of integrated air defence and anti-missile defence for seven NATO nations.

ADM understands that Raytheon’s proposal for Second Pass consideration for the Land 19 7B project this year will be based on the proven Raytheon/Kongsberg NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) that is fielded by seven nations, including the US, with support from local radar house CEA Technologies under a solution known as Medusa.

The system provides ground-based air defence against fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial systems using the Raytheon AIM-120 missile.

Both options under consideration include the potential integration onto ADF trucks and Hawkei vehicles.

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