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15 September 2015

DSEI 2015: RMMV Presents SURVIVOR R Field Ambulance

At this year’s DSEI, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) is presenting its SURVIVOR R in a field ambulance configuration. The SURVIVOR R delivers a perfectly balanced combination of mobility, protection and payload. Based on a militarised MAN TGM truck chassis and tried-and-tested engineering, the SURVIVOR R uses only series-produced components, making it one of the most cost-effective solutions available today.

Powered by a 330hp (242kW) high-sulphur fuel tolerant MAN diesel engine and exploiting the extensive all-wheel drive expertise of MAN and Achleitner, the SURVIVOR R combines excellent mobility and driving/handling characteristics in all operating environments.

The armoured monocoque cabin provides a very high level of protection and one of the largest internal volumes in its class. With an unladen weight of 11,000kg and a military payload of 4,000kg, the vehicle offers an outstanding payload-to-weight ratio in the 15,000kg vehicle class.

The SURVIVOR R ambulance on show on stand S7-110 is able to transport two casualties on stretchers or three seated casualties plus one stretcher accompanied by two medical attendants. The medical equipment is comparable to a civilian paramedic ambulance. It contains advanced procedure equipment, heart monitors, medications and other supplies necessary to provide lifesaving tactical combat casualty care. The SURVIVOR R can be airlifted in a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

RMMV has a long history in developing and supplying military vehicles systems to Armed Forces worldwide. The military-off-the-shelf concept of the HX family remains as compelling as ever, and these vehicles now form the logistic backbone of numerous Armies around the globe. At DSEI 2015, RMMV is displaying a HX77 cargo vehicle and the new HX2 40M equipped with an integrated armoured cabin – just two examples from its high-mobility logistical vehicle family. In 2007, the British Armed Forces took delivery of the first of over 7,000 vehicles of the HX family, including 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 versions. These support vehicles are replacing the old Leyland and Bedford trucks as well as the Folden recovery vehicles, which the SX 8x8 vehicle family is superseding. The British have relied on the HX and SX vehicle families in Afghanistan since early 2008, having previously used them in Iraq. The response from all levels has been extremely positive.

In recent months the RMMV family of vehicles has raced ahead of the competition, winning major procurement orders in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and elsewhere. 

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