The US Army received the first Tatra Phoenix trucks for military training area service in Germany

4 April, 2022

Tatra Trucks, based in the town of Kopřivnice, supplies its vehicles to many armies around the world on various continents. Last year, it got its first major contracts from NATO armies in Western Europe. The Tatra trucks will soon serve the US Army in its Grafenwöhr training area in Germany.

A few years ago, the Danish army ordered dozens of self-propelled Caesar howitzers, which are built on the TATRA FORCE 8x8 chassis. At the beginning of last year, it was announced that TATRA TRUCKS, together with the Dutch DAF Trucks and Czech Tatra Defence Vehicle companies, had received a contract for almost 900 logistics trucks on a TATRA chassis for the Belgian army.

In the middle of last year, TATRA TRUCKS with Rosenbauer, Austrian manufacturer of special fire vehicles, won a contract for more than seventy Tatra Force military fire trucks for the Bundeswehr. These commercial successes indicate that the capabilities and parameters of TATRA TRUCKS are increasingly appreciated in the armies west of the Czech border, where locally established producers have ruled for many decades.

Most recently, TATRA TRUCKS will also serve the US Army, which has bases in Germany. The United States Armed Forces is conducting tenders for road maintenance and fieldwork vehicles to manage its military training districts. The TATRA PHOENIX type also succeeded in one of them. The first trucks from Kopřivnice in the service of the US Army are two examples of TATRA PHOENIX 6x6 trucks.

These are three-sided all-wheel drive tippers that will serve in the Grafenwöhr military training area in Bavaria's Oberpfalz Region, which is crossed by a 300 km long network of roads and highways. The US Army Garrison Bavaria team, Directorate of Public Works, Operation and Maintenance Division, is responsible for road maintenance and cleaning. This division has a wide range of heavy engineering equipment, such as bulldozers, graders, scrapers, dumpers, and many other machines.

The first example of Phoenix has already been handed over by a TATRA dealer in Germany, the Tschann-Nutzfahrzeuge company, to the US Army directly on the Grafenwöhr training area. Another truck will follow soon, and in the future, it is possible that other TATRA TRUCKS will join them. Tschann-Nutzfahrzeuge, based in Salzburg, has been cooperating with TATRA TRUCKS since 2015 and offers TATRA TRUCKS and trucks of other brands, especially in Austria and Germany.

The US military requires robust and durable trucks with a high degree of reliability for the maintenance and management of its military training facilities, which TATRA TRUCKS has always met. The drivers of the new operator were able to see for themselves the capabilities of the Tatra vehicles after the official handover of the first trucks. However, the truck also proved its durability to fully comply with military standards, when cleaning in the washing plant of the Grafenwöhr base, where only high-pressure water is used.