DÜSSELDORF, Germany (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday, 18 December 2018, Rheinmetall boasted of a multi-million-euro order from the Bundeswehr, under which the company will retrofit the German fleet of Bergepanzer 3 armoured recovery vehicles, the BPz3, with battlefield recovery equipment due to changed operational requirements, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The contract was signed at the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw) and is worth approximately €30 million, including value added tax.
Under the scope of the agreement, within 5 years, from 2019 to 2024, 69 of the BPz3 vehicles of Germany will be equipped with battlefield recovery equipment (GFB) and universal transport platforms (UTP). The contract also covers the relevant accessories and documentation.
The battlefield recovery equipment and universal transport platforms will be manufactured by Rheinmetall in Kassel, where they will also be fit. The battlefield recovery equipment will be moved from the front of the vehicle to the back. In this way, it would be possible disabled combat vehicles, like the Leopard 2 tank, to be safely taken away from the battlefield at high speed through towing in forward drive. The back section of the modified variant of the Bergepanzer 3 will be equipped with a universal transport platform.
The GFB and UTP kits have already proven to be highly effective. Four Bergepanzer 3 armoured recovery vehicles have already been equipped with them for the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. Two other vehicles, deployed in Afghanistan by the Canadian Army, have also been modified in the same way.
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This Bergepanzer 3 armoured recovery versatile vehicles may be used for carrying additional equipment for the purposes of recovering other vehicles.
This newly signed agreement for modernization is another evidence of the comprehensive experience and expertise of Rheinmetall regarding the Leopard 2 family of vehicles, including the Bergepanzer 3, which is an inhouse Rheinmetall development.
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