Thumbs up for new vehicles Last updated 12:00 23/06/2014
Defence force personnel have given the army's new heavy vehicles the thumbs up, rating them more powerful, safer and a "lot more comfortable" than the old Unimogs.
The New Zealand Defence Force has bought about 200 Medium-Heavy Operational Vehicles (M-HOVS) from Australian company Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles to replace its ageing 1980s Mercedes Unimogs.
Private Michael Woodward, a driver in heavy lift platoon Three Transport Company, said the trucks were a lot more powerful and comfortable. "It's really smooth to drive. It's nice and quiet compared to a 1980s truck that just screams. You can actually hear yourself think."
Woodward said the new trucks were capable of a lot more, too, and were equipped with mounting points for armour kits and more room. "They're light years ahead technology-wise."
Second Lieutenant David Pos said the new vehicles were also much safer.
No but Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia is and they are the local MAN military vehicle dealer for NZ so we have to purchase through them using the British MOD contract for the vehicles made in Austria. Simple A
"A total of 194 trucks are being delivered at a cost of $113 million. This includes armour protection kits, weapons mounts, a range of specialist equipment, spare parts, logistic support arrangements, and training packages."
Thats a serious improvement!
Last Edit: Jan 19, 2016 16:00:57 GMT 12 by futurenz