Military orders for Hiab hooklifts
By Christian Shelton04 February 2021
Load handling equipment specialist Hiab has signed an agreement to supply Munich, Germany-headquartered Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) with up to 4,000 Multilift hooklifts by 2027. This would have a value of more than €180 million (US$218 million), said Hiab. The initial order, booked in 2020, is for 540 units. Hiab has also signed an agreement with its Swiss Hiab dealer Notterkran to supply 110 Multilift hooklifts for use by the Swiss Army.
The Multilift MSH-165-CL hooklifts will be supplied by RMMV to Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) from 2021 to 2027.
The hooklifts will be fitted on RMMV’s robust, all-terrain-capable HX 8x8 vehicles from April 2021. Bundeswehr is increasing its number of vehicles by 2023 when Germany takes over leadership of NATO’s spearhead: the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF).
The RMMV HX 8x8 vehicles with MSH-165-CL hooklifts can quickly lift and set down the accompanying flat racks. In addition, the vehicles can accommodate an interchangeable platform or a container via the standardised 20-foot ISO interfaces. The new fleet of vehicles will enhance the survivability and sustainment capability of Bundeswehr’s Logistics Corps, as well as strengthening its tactical flexibility, said Hiab.
The hooklifts for Notterkran are Multilift ULT21Z.59+SC hooklifts with Container Handling Unit, which handle flatracks and 20 foot ISO containers. They will be installed on the vehicles by Notterkran and supplied to Armasuisse, The Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement.
Speaking about the RMMV order Frank van Dongen, director, Government Business Operations, Hiab, said, “We are proud that RMMV and Bundeswehr have chosen our Multilift hooklifts for the new fleet of vehicles. This is another example of Hiab working long term with its partners to develop the right solution. Hiab Government Business Operation long experience with defence systems made it possible to tailor the equipment to meet all necessary operational requirements, defence standards and specifications, which has been rigorously tested by RMMV and the end-user.”
Speaking about the Swiss order, van Dongen said, “We are proud that Armasuisse has chosen our Multilift hooklifts for the new fleet of vehicles. This order shows a continuation of a long-term cooperation between Notterkran and Hiab working together to develop the right solution for the Swiss Army. Hiab Government Business Operation and their long experience of defence systems made it possible to tailor the equipment to meet all necessary operational requirements, defense standards and specifications, which have been meticulously tested by Armasuisse.”