Belgian Army introduces new logistics vehicles on Tatra chassis for the first time
DAF Trucks was awarded the contract for the production of almost nine hundred vehicles for the Belgian army in 2021. The chassis are manufactured in Tatra Trucks factory in Kopřivnice, and some of the vehicles will also be equipped with a ballistic cabin developed by the company Tatra Defence Vehicle. The first deliveries of Tatra chassis, which will be retrofitted with superstructures and partly also cabins in Belgium, will take place this year and the order will be completed in 2025.
DAF vehicles for the Belgian army follows up on cooperation on the Tatra Phoenix model range. By 2025, a total of 879 logistics trucks on a Tatra chassis, with a central load-carrying tube and with independently suspended swinging half-axles, will be produced. According to the order of the Belgian army, 636 trucks will be produced in a 4x4 configuration, and another 243 in a four-axle 8x8 design.
The unarmored cabins for most of the vehicles will be supplied by DAF Trucks, the prime contractor and final supplier of this giant order. A total of 352 vehicles will be equipped with armoured cabins developed and manufactured in the Tatra Defence Vehicle plant in Kopřivnice. Nowadays, it is the safest cabin for the crew in the logistics vehicles category. The contract includes vehicles for the transport of containers with a hook loader, flatbeds, platform versions with hydraulic hands and one-sided tippers.