Technisches Hilfswerk to modernize fleet with MAN trucks
The Technische Hilfswerk (THW — German Federal Agency for Technical Relief) is to receive a total of 110 new MAN TGM 18.290 4x4 trucks by the end of 2010. The THW was originally for 56 new vehicles (for delivery in 2009) but has been increased by an additional 54 units thanks to funds from the second German economic stimulus package. They are to be delivered in 2010. MAN has supplied THW with around 450 vehicles altogether in the last three years.
The four-wheel vehicles are equipped with MAN D08 common-rail engines (290 hp) and feature MAN’s automatic TipMatic gearbox. The nine-seat crew cabs were created by the MAN Truck Modification Center (TMC) in Wittlich. The TMC is also responsible for the lighting and signaling devices, corrosion prevention, fitting the radio devices supplied and the add-on Webasto heating systems. The vehicles are thus equipped for all THW operations, from action in Germany’s flooded regions through emergency assistance over rough terrain in Third World countries.