The Belgian defense ministry has awarded Dutch truck maker DAF a contract for the delivery and service of 879 all-wheel-drive trucks to the Belgian Armed Forces.
Delivery of the first vehicles is planned for 2022 with the last units to be produced in 2025.
These vehicles will be used as general cargo carriers and will be divided into 636 2-axle trucks with 4×4 drivelines, and 243 trucks with 4 axles and 8×8 drivelines for a variety of applications (tippers, container carriers and cranes).
DAF is working with Tatra Trucks in the Czech Republic to produce the CF military models. The trucks are powered by the 10.8 and 12.9 liter PACCAR MX-11 (4×4) and MX-13 (8×8) engines with outputs from 300 kW/410 hp to 340 kW/460 hp.
The CF trucks will replace the Mercedes Unimog and Volvo N10 vehicles that have been in service with the Belgian Armed Forces since 1996 and 1991, respectively.
All versions will have the same cabin (armored or not) and the same 4×4 or 8×8 chassis. Cabs and engines will be produced at DAF factories in Belgium and the Netherlands. The chassis will be produced at the Tatra plant in the Czech Republic.
“We are very proud to have been granted with this prestigious order from the Belgian Armed Forces,” DAF Trucks’ president Harry Wolters commented. “Because our ultra-modern cab and axle plant is located in Westerlo, we regard Belgium as our home market, which makes this order extra valuable to us.”