June 7, 2012 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: German defense procurement office, BWB; issued June 6, 2012)
Contract Concluded On 110 Protected Transport Vehicles, Payload 5 Tons
On 14 May 2012, the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) and Daimler AG concluded a contract on the delivery of a total of 110 protected transport vehicles, payload 5 tons, manufacturer’s designation ZETROS.
The contract was signed by Mr Thomas Wardecki, Vice President of the BWB, and Mr Hans-Joachim Bayer, Daimler AG head of sales (division authorities), in the presence of BWB project group and Daimler AG representatives.
The ZETROS 5 t has been projected by the BWB. In comparison to the transport vehicles of the same payload used on Bundeswehr operations, it features significantly improved protection in the field of ballistics and against mines and improvised explosive devices (IED). An NBC overpressure system and the possibility to mount a remotely operated weapon station additionally increase vehicle protection and, consequently, soldier protection.
The capabilities of the vehicle depending on use and mission.
The first 25 ZETROS 5 t vehicles are to be delivered already in 2012 for soldier training and operations. Fielding of all 110 vehicles is planned to be completed by mid-2014.