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NATO-member chooses Scania: The Belgian army buys Scania tractor for heavy haulage

The Belgian army has placed an order with Scania for 26 heavy-duty tractor units, including special trailers, for the transportation of 60-tonne tanks. The order value is about SEK 100 million and deliveries, including training, shall be finished during year 2000.

- This is an important order for Scania, says Björn Michelsen, head of Scania Sales Engineering. The order is an important breakthrough and opens new business opportunities for Scania within Nato. Scania has earlier delivered military vehicles to Nato, for Norway, but this is the first big order outside the Nordic countries with complete NATO specifications.

- Scania has offered a complete system with an advanced vehicle built from standard components out of our civilian product range. This results in great benefits for the customer when it comes to service, maintenance and parts and has been an important aspect in the choice of Scania as supplier.

During the autumn of 1997, the Belgian army evaluated the bonneted Scania T model (T144 GB6x4, the same vehicle as the Swedish army has purchased) in severe tests in comparative tests with other leading European suppliers.

The tractors are all equipped with Scania's most powerful 530 HP 14-litre engine with Scania torque-convertor and the Scania Retarder, Scania's auxiliary braking system. The winches on the tractor are made by Rotzler in Germany and the trailer by Lohr in France.

The deal has been concluded in close co-operation between Scania Belgium and Scania AB.

For further information, please contact Thomas Skoglund, Information Manager,

tel. +46-8-553 812 58, mobile +46-70-556 07 97.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 22,200 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1996, turnover totalled SEK 33,700 million and profits after depreciation SEK 2,700 million. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries world-wide and approximately 95% of total production is sold outside Sweden.

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