HX 8x8 excavator system
Military high-mobility multi-tool for combat engineer operations and disaster relief missions
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) in cooperation with the Slovak company CSM Industry has unveiled a new high-mobility multipurpose excavator vehicle based on the HX 8x8. The new variant derives from RMMV’s tried-and-tested family of logistic vehicles, which are in service worldwide. It carries an UDS 214 excavator build-on, a proven system made by the crane and excavator maker CSM based in Tisovec, Slovakia. The HX 8x8 Excavator is specially designed for combat engineer operations and disaster relief missions.
Able to pivot 360 degrees, the build-on features an extendable telescopic arm that attains a length of up 14.60 metres. It can use various tools: besides the excavator shovel, a hook or hydraulic drum cutter are possible. This universally deployable device can lift loads of up to 7.5 tons and can thus serve as an auxiliary crane. If desired, the excavator operator’s cab can be protected in accordance with common STANAG levels and fitted with a ventilation system.
Like RMMV’s entire HX family, the HX 8x8 is a military off-the-shelf vehicle designed to withstand the most gruelling military conditions, assuring excellent mobility even in the toughest terrain. When ready to operate, the basic version of the vehicle weighs 28 tons.
Its MAN D2676 diesel engine generates an output of 387 kW or 540 hp, giving the HX 8x8 a top speed of 90 km/h. The vehicle can handle inclines of 60 percent and wade through water up to 1.5 metres deep. If desired, the HX 8x8 can be equipped with Rheinmetall’s protected Integrated Armoured Cabin (IAC) or prepared for its optional use. The vehicle can also be fitted with a remotely operated weapon station for self-defence.