Iveco Defence delivers all 206 Trakker units to UK’s Royal Engineers

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 14, 2012

Iveco Defence Vehicles has completely delivered the 206 units of 8x8 and 6x6 Trakker to support the Royal Engineers on operations. This is the company's biggest order ever in the United Kingdom. The new vehicles, which replace the current fleet, have been delivered through two separate procurement routes.

The first route was for the 182 6x6 units through the C Vehicle PFI contract operated by ALC as prime contractor. The Trakker units were delivered in five versions. Iveco managed the Medium Dump Truck, Truck-Mounted Loader and Self-Loading Dump Truck. The two other variants are a Flush Capping System and a Drill Rig, both supplied under the direct control of ALC. The second procurement was the result of the success of this 6x6 fleet in service.

A fleet of Protected Self-Loading Dump Trucks for service on operations was required. Since Iveco had already manufactured a ballistic steel cab for the Trakker range, the 8x8 unit was a natural option for the challenging task. The procurement was a direct purchase by the UK MoD. Iveco managed the full integration activity.

This needed the contribution of five separate sub-contractors, which are the GD (UK), Thompson Engineering, Terex Atlas, KraussMaffei Wegmann and BI Engineering.

A fleet of 24 Self-Loading Dump Trucks (Protected) are currently in service, with most of the vehicles on operations, where they have been exceptionally well-received.  The protection offered by the bar armor and steel cab, among other countermeasures, has also been particularly welcome. This concludes a chain of Iveco's successes in the field of logistics vehicles in recent years, including major contract wins in Switzerland, France, Spain and Germany.

Currently, Iveco is bidding to provide Trakker to the Swedish and Norwegian Armed Forces to re-equip their fleets of logistics vehicles. In addition, the Trakker chassis has been the major mover of choice for a series of other programs such as the recent procurement of FAUN truck-mounted trackway systems to Turkey.

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