Medium and Heavy Operational Vehicles

An MHOV exits a RNZAF C-130

The Army is in the process of introducing into service 194 new MAN Medium and Heavy Operational Vehicles (MHOV). As a result the current Mercedes UNIMOG fleet, an icon of the Army for the last 30 years, will transition away from operational roles into garrison and training support roles or will progressively be retired.

The new MHOV provides the Army with a modern military transport fleet with significantly increased levels of protection, increased payload capacity paired with a heavy vehicle cross country capability not matched by the Mercedes fleet. In addition to armour protection for the crew, MHOV can be fitted with communications and a machinegun for self defence.

Cross country driver training on Mt RuapehuThe MHOV fleet has a mix of 4 x 4 – 6 tonne (HX60), 6 x 6 – 9 tonne (HX58) and 8 x 8 – 15 tonne (HX77) variants along with some heavy equipment transporters planned to be capable of moving 30 tonne. The fleet is fitted with a mix of integrated Hiab cranes and self recovery winches, increasing flexibility on the battlefield and allowing self load/unload. Whilst many trades across the Army will get to operate the MHOV, the Driver trade will primarily be charged with being the experts.

MHOV is expected to be fully introduced to service by December 2017 and will represent a significant step up in capability and technology for the New Zealand Army and New Zealand Defence Force.

This page was last reviewed on 18 March 2015 and is current.