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KMW and Daimler AG sign service contract for military deployment regions

Category: Defence Industry

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Daimler AG signed a service contract in Munich/Worth today for the maintenance and repair of Mercedes-Benz trucks and G-models on international deployments of the German armed forces and their allies.

Under the terms of the contract, KMW is to provide technical support in the field for all military vehicles from the Wörth-based truck manufacturer which are deployed on international missions of NATO, the EU and the UN.

This will substantially alleviate the workload for armed forces such as the German army in Afghanistan, enabling them to focus on their essential military tasks. KMW already possesses extensive experience in the maintenance and repair of armoured wheeled and tracked vehicles in crisis regions. A comprehensive service network throughout the relevant areas in Afghanistan or Kosovo, for example, with the company's own service personnel and its own repair facilities at the allied forces' camps, ensures the high availability of the urgently required vehicles.

"Teaming up with Daimler in this area is of major strategic significance to KMW. Daimler's trust in our capabilities highlights the professional service which we have been providing for numerous allied forces for many years now," explains Frank Haun, CEO at KMW. "This agreement represents an important step in consolidating our long-standing cooperation. We are pleased that we are able to offer our customers the services of KMW, which is recognised as the best in its field," notes Yaris Pürsün, manager of Mercedes-Benz's Wörth plant and head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks.

In addition to providing expert personnel and workshops in the field, the scope of services from KMW in the deployment regions includes an option for the customers to use a worldwide logistic system for the supply of replacement parts. Technical support services are also possible, such as remote diagnosis via the company's own telemaintenance system, which links up soldiers on the scene with technical specialists at the Munich service centre in real time via satellite - e.g. for the purpose of examining vehicles with severe combat damage.


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