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24 February 2015

IDEX 2015: Mercedes-Benz Presenting Excellence

At IDEX 2015, Mercedes-Benz is presenting six vehicles and other exhibits from its product range on the joint German stand, no. 09-A21. It comprises vehicles with permissible gross weight ratings from 3.5 t up to a gross vehicle combination weight of 250 t for customers from the security and defence sectors and public authorities and organisations with security-related remits.

Among the highlights will be the new versions of the Mercedes-Benz Zetros and Mercedes-Benz Actros. The range of exhibits will be rounded off by the agile G-Class and Sprinter. Also on show will be special chassis as modular systems for modernising existing vehicles and constructing new vehicles.

The exhibits at a glance

  • New: Zetros 3643 AS 6x6 with new 430 hp engine variant
  • Combination of Zetros 1833A 4x4 with tank body from Esterer
  • Further development: Actros 4661 AS 8x8 family
  • Sprinter: light-duty 4x4 crew transporter with variable usage concept
  • G-Class 6x6 LRPV: protected three-axle patrol vehicle
  • G-Class 6x6 with crew cab and platform
  • Mercedes-Benz special chassis FGA 14.5

The Mercedes-Benz Integrated Logistics Support service concept (ILS)
The exhibited vehicles and products represent examples from Mercedes-Benz diverse product range, for armed forces and relevant public authorities and organisations, offering solutions for all payload classes and mobility requirements. Based on proven vehicles from large-scale production, the vehicles adapted to military tasks stand equally for the traditional Mercedes-Benz virtues such as reliability, robustness, economic efficiency and safety, underscoring Mercedes-Benz expertise and traditions as the world's largest and oldest truck manufacturer and a producer of G-Class all-terrain vehicles.

Military operations call for robust, reliable and user-friendly vehicles which offer appropriate mobility to meet the given logistical needs and which are suitable for a broad range of different tasks. Mercedes-Benz has a complete range spanning the spectrum from all-wheel-drive vehicles through all-terrain vehicles, transporters and semi-militarised trucks belonging to the Atego, Axor and Actros series, the  all-terrain Unimog and Zetros vehicles to the Actros heavy-haulage vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz supports its customers throughout the vehicles' life cycles. The entire spectrum of Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) standards can also be covered on the basis of the implemented service systems. The support ranges from basic back-up in accordance with the Mercedes-Benz standards to full ILS support in accordance with military standard 1388 2B. This applies to all Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Specially trained ILS managers attend to customers' needs.

Based on the same concept, the uniform vehicle operation philosophy for all model series is designed to guarantee the highest possible degree of standardisation, thereby delivering maximum operating safety with a minimum of training needed.

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