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31 janvier 2014 5 31 /01 /janvier /2014 17:50
Rheinmetall to supply Vario-Ray laser light modules to UK infantry forces

The Laser Light Module Mk3 mounted on an SA80 A2 assault rifle. Photo Andrew Linnett.


31 January 2014 army-technology.com


Rheinmetall Defence has been awarded a framework contract for supply of its Vario-Ray laser light modules (LLM) to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).


Under the terms of the €33m competitively awarded contract, the company will supply tens of thousands of the innovative devices, including more than 7,000 modules in the first batch, for use by UK infantry forces.


The contract forms part of the MoD's comprehensive programme to modernise the UK infantry.


Officially dubbed the Laser-Light Module Mark 3 by the UK armed forces, the Vario-Ray can be mounted on small arms to enable soldiers to detect, identify and mark targets during day and night operations.

"The contract forms part of the MoD's comprehensive programme to modernise the UK infantry."


Powered by two 3V CR123A lithium batteries, the device features a powerful white light lamp, a red light laser marker, infra-red pointer, an electrically focusable infrared illuminator and an optional target identification friend/foe IR laser. It can be attached to small arms using a Mil-Std 1913 rail.


All light sources are infinitely variable, and can be selected using a nine-phase turn-switch, and switched on by means of three push-buttons present on the module or the push-buttons on the trigger cable accessory.


A successor of the combat-proven LLM-01, already widely used by the UK military, the 244g device meets MIL-STD-810G requirements for harsh environmental conditions, and forms part of Germany's new Gladius expanded future soldier system.


Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place over the next few years.

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29 janvier 2014 3 29 /01 /janvier /2014 18:50
German Defense Producer and Industrial Plant Constructor Team Up



Jan. 29, 2014 - By ALBRECHT MÜLLER- Defense News


Rheinmetall of Düsseldorf and Ferrostaal of Essen have created a joint venture to plan and build industrial facilities. Each company holds 50 percent of Rheinmetall International Engineering.


The needed approval by the competition authorities was granted in December, both companies recently announced.


The Rheinmetall group is Germany’s largest defense company and was No. 31 on the Defense News Top 100 list of defense companies for 2012. Ferrostaal is a provider of industrial services, operating worldwide with a presence in about 40 countries, and is active in project development, financing and industrial plant construction.


“Rheinmetall intends to use the new joint venture to accelerate internationalization of its defense operations, especially in regions where until now it has had only limited access,” said a spokesman for Rheinmetall. “It complements our portfolio and fits it 100 percent.”


The defense giant sees the joint venture as a means of marketing its extensive array of defense technology products in combination with local turnkey production facilities.


“This takes account of a growing trend among international customers, who increasingly prefer to create manufacturing infrastructure at home rather than rely solely on traditional arms imports,” said the spokesman.


Both companies expect broader access to target markets in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as Asia and Latin America, particularly with regard to sovereign customers, by mixing the two groups’ sales networks.


Ferrostaal decline to comment, but in a statement released in September when the companies announced their intention to form the joint venture, John Benjamin Schroeder, managing director of Ferrostaal, said, “With Rheinmetall we have a leading enterprise of the defense technology with a unique product portfolio at our side. Together, the distinct project competence and the specific country knowledge of Ferrostaal are the perfect base to generate new business in many regions of the world. This also includes, that we will expand our traditional oil and gas business within the joint venture to Asia and South-America.”


Rheinmetall International Engineering is based in Geisenheim, close to Frankfurt/Main in the midwest of Germany. It will have an initial staff of around 200 persons. Most of them are former Ferrostaal employees.

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10 janvier 2014 5 10 /01 /janvier /2014 08:50
German weapons firms : No farewell to arms


Jan 11th 2014 economist.com


Political pressure and bribery allegations are unlikely to hurt Germany’s exporters of military equipment


Since the second world war, Germany has rarely sent soldiers to combat zones. But it exports a lot of weapons: more than Britain, France or any other country besides America and Russia. Some German makers of military gear are part of civilian industrial giants, such as Airbus Group (which has dropped its ungainly old name, EADS, to adopt the brand of its commercial-aircraft business), and ThyssenKrupp, a steelmaker. But the biggest German company known mainly for weapons, Rheinmetall, is just 26th in the world league of arms-exporting firms. And Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW), which makes the Leopard 2 tank (pictured), is 54th.


Germans are, in general, proud of their export prowess. But although foreign sales of weaponry bring in almost €1 billion ($1.4 billion) a year, they are a delicate subject, and lately beset by bad press. Several German firms are accused of bribery in Greece. A former defence official there has said that of €8m in bribes he took, €3.2m came from German firms, including Wegmann (now part of KMW) and Rheinmetall. On January 3rd KMW’s alleged middleman was detained after a court hearing. The firm itself denies any bribery. Atlas, a maker of naval weapons owned jointly by Airbus and ThyssenKrupp, is under fire too. A former representative in Athens has reportedly admitted to bribery; the company says it is investigating the matter.


On another front, the industry faces criticism over the countries it sells to—most recently over a deal to sell Leopard 2s to Saudi Arabia. Arms sales to anywhere other than NATO and “NATO-equivalent” countries are in principle forbidden. But the Federal Security Council, headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, can approve exceptions when foreign policy dictates, as long as they do not harm human rights.


Peace campaigners fear that the exceptions are becoming less exceptional. NATO countries’ budgets are being squeezed, so Germany’s armsmakers are looking farther abroad. Rheinmetall, for example, has a target of 50% of exports outside Europe by 2015. Asia is a growing target: Singapore recently signed a €1.6 billion deal for ThyssenKrupp submarines.


German small arms are also popular. Heckler & Koch’s G3 rifle (together with its variants) is the world’s most popular after the Russian AK-47. Germany was a leader in pushing the UN to restrict the flow of small arms to war-torn countries. But such weapons leak across borders nonetheless. This is why Helmut Schmidt, a former chancellor, in December urged Germany to restrict arms exports, calling gun deaths a slow-motion Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His fellow Social Democrat, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, promised to restrict sales if his party made it into government after last September’s elections. It did: Mr Steinmeier is now foreign minister, and sits on the Federal Security Council.


But Germany’s arms exports are probably in little danger, since they have the same reputation for reliability as its cars and other industrial goods. Even Pieter Wezeman of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a critic of weapons sales, compares a Heckler & Koch gun to a high-quality Leica camera. Though German soldiers mostly stay clear of combat zones, German weapons are battle-tested; Leopard tanks in the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, for example.


Moreover, there are ways to lessen the controversy of selling things used to wage war. For example, making guns for a fighter jet assembled elsewhere is less visible than selling a German-made tank. Military transport, logistics, surveillance and protective equipment together account for five times as much of German defence firms’ output as weapons and ammunition—and are less likely to be blamed for civilian casualties. Stephan Boehm, an analyst at Commerzbank, sees such non-lethal materiel as a bright spot for German exporters. The flagging fortunes of Rheinmetall, in particular, should be restored by strong sales of the armoured transporters it produces in a joint venture with MAN, a lorry-maker.


Critics say the government is too willing to let arms firms export to dodgy regimes. The Federation of German Security & Defence Industries argues that strong exports are crucial to spread the development costs of the equipment Germany needs to defend itself. This would be less of a problem, the lobby group admits, if Europe’s fragmented defence industry were consolidated; it says the government should not have vetoed a proposal last year to merge EADS with BAE Systems of Britain. Weapons account for less than 1% of Germany’s exports. But it is a 1% that it, like other countries, is loth to give up.

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11 décembre 2013 3 11 /12 /décembre /2013 17:35
Rheinmetall delivers 40 new trucks to New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Army / Air Force Unimog vehicles in Auckland City, New Zealand. Photo Ingolfson.


11 December 2013 army-technology.com


Rheinmetall-MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has delivered 40 new medium-heavy operational vehicles to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).


Delivered as part of $113m order for 200 new trucks in May 2013, the received vehicles would be used to replace its old fleet comprising Unimog and heavier Mercedes trucks.


New Zealand Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman said that the new Rheinmetall-MAN military medium and heavy vehicles are designed for modern military operations and offer improved mobility and protection, enhanced technology, and greater capacity.


"By purchasing these trucks off the same production line as the UK, the government has ensured value for money, and has achieved a fast delivery in record time," Coleman said.


"This project is a good example of smart and efficient procurement. The government is keen to work closely with our international partners to identify future procurement opportunities which could achieve similar results."

"The new trucks are part of a wider programme of equipment upgrades and investment into navy, army and air force frontline capabilities."


Ordered in sizes including 6t 4x4, 9t 6x6 and 15t 8x8, the trucks feature thigh capacity electrical systems, air conditioners and Euro 4 emissions compliant engines, which will facilitate efficient operations even if lower quality fuel is used.


An additional $22m has been allocated for armour protection kits, weapons mounts, personnel modules and other particular military equipment, in addition to spares, logistic support arrangements and widespread training packages.


"The NZDF's continuous drive to deliver back office savings and efficiencies means that reinvestment into frontline capabilities like these new trucks can be made," Coleman said.


"The new trucks are part of a wider programme of equipment upgrades and investment into navy, army and air force frontline capabilities."


The NZDF is planning to begin the training personnel in February-March next year, while the trucks will be introduced to Army and Air Force bases, with complete commissioning expected by the late-2015.

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27 novembre 2013 3 27 /11 /novembre /2013 13:35
Rheinmetall seeks Australian suppliers



DEAKIN WEST, Australia, Nov. 26 (UPI)


Rheinmetall Defense's Australian subsidiary is seeking local suppliers for its contract to supply vehicles and mission support to the country's military.


Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia, or RMMVA, said more than 500 companies attended its supplier opportunity events this month in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney.


In addition to RMMVA, a number of its key sub-contractors in the government's LAND 121 3B defense project participated in the presentations.


"RMMVA, in close cooperation with our key sub-contractors, is actively engaging with Australian industry to enable as many Australian companies to be part of this exciting program as possible," RMMVA Managing Director Peter Hardisty said. "The products and services we are seeking include the design, development and production of specific hardware such as modules, some vehicle bodies, sub-systems and components as well as project management and systems integration, developmental, test and evaluation work."


Under the LAND 121 Phase 3B project, Rheinmetall is to supply and support mission systems for about 2,500 wheeled vehicles to Australia's Defense Force, and is working with state governments, Defense Materiel Organization business access offices and Australian industry associations to strengthen its supply chain.

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18 novembre 2013 1 18 /11 /novembre /2013 18:55
Mistral fired from a prototype MPCV platform based on Renault Sherpa. Photo: MBDA

Mistral fired from a prototype MPCV platform based on Renault Sherpa. Photo: MBDA


November 17, 2013 defense-update.com


MBDA has completed the integration and factory acceptance test of the first Multi-Purpose Combat Vehicle (MPCV) vehicles designed to operate the Mistral surface to air missile. Built for export, these vehicles represent the first production batch. In the next few days, they will be shipped for delivery to the customer country before the end of the year, as announced at the contract signing in February 2011. The customer is believed to be the Saudi-Arabian National Guard (SANG), which ordered 68 MPCV air defense vehicles from French company Lohr in 2011.


The MPCV, developed by MBDA in cooperation with Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE) of Germany, has been designed to meet emerging requirements for a highly mobile weapon system which can be adapted for different missions, either air defence or land combat, depending on the type of missiles it operates. The first development, which is now being delivered, is aimed at air defence and comprises a motorized and stabilized turret that includes electro-optical sensors, a small caliber gun and four, ready-to-fire Mistral missiles with four more missiles stored in the vehicle for re-loading. Additional versions dedicated to land combat are planned for development. The MPCV (Multi-Purpose Combat Vehicle) is based on the German-produced Mercedes Unimog 5000 chassis, a high-mobility 4×4 armored vehicle offered by SOFRAME (of the French Lohr group). The deal also includes 264 Aravis armored vehicles, produced by Nexter and 15 ambulances, all to be provided by Lohr.


This automatic system in its air defence configuration was validated by several Mistral missile firings, including the engagement in only a few seconds, of two targets approaching simultaneously from two different directions. The success of this test demonstrated MPCV’s ability to counter a saturating attack. With this first version in full production, MBDA is now ready to move ahead with a land combat version of the MPCV. This will deploy the totally new MMP surface attack missile which is currently being developed by MBDA.


According to Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA the development of the MPCV took four years and was fully funded by the company. “It then took less than three years after the signing of the first contract to integrate the systems on a vehicle chosen by the end customer, deliver at the agreed date and implement a technology transfer under which the customer will be able, in complete autonomy, to keep its equipment in operational condition.” Parallel to the delivery of factory-finished systems MBDA is completing the installation of a final assembly line in the customer country where the remaining vehicles will undergo final integration, using MBDA provided MPCV kits.


Mistral is a short-range (6 km class) surface-to-air missile capable of intercepting a wide variety of aerial targets including those with even a low infrared signature. It is characterised by an outstanding success rate (96% from more than 4,500 live firings), a high effectiveness against manoeuvring targets, and has demonstrated its capabilities against fixed-wing aircraft, nap-of- the-earth helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles as well as moving land vehicles and Fast Inshore Attack Craft at sea. Mistral, in its land, naval and airborne applications, has been selected by 40 armed forces of 28 countries. More than 17,000 missiles have been produced. Saudi-Arabia is believed to have acquired 600 missiles prior to the MPCV acquisition.


MBDA has completed the integration and factory acceptance of the first MPCV vehicles in surface-to-air configuration. Photo: MBDA

MBDA has completed the integration and factory acceptance of the first MPCV vehicles in surface-to-air configuration. Photo: MBDA

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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 12:35
Indonesia orders tracked armoured vehicles from Rheinmetall



Nov 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : Rheinmetall AG


    Worth around a,216 M


The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has contracted with the Rheinmetall Group of Düsseldorf to supply it with tracked armoured vehicles, logistical support and ammunition worth roughly €216 million. The contract, which was signed in December 2012, now comes into full force following the successful completion of all legal formalities.


Along with 103 thoroughly overhauled and modernized Leopard 2 main battle tanks, the order encompasses 42 upgraded Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles and 11 various armoured recovery and engineering vehicles, plus associated documentation, training equipment and additional logistical support. Furthermore, the order includes an initial supply of practice and service ammunition. Indonesia thus becomes the 18th Leopard 2 MBT user nation.


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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 08:35
Rheinmetall supplying Indonesia with tanks


DUSSELDORF, Germany, Nov. 13 (UPI)


Germany's Rheinmetall Group is supplying the Indonesian military with overhauled Leopard tanks, other tracked armored vehicles and ammunition.


Delivery of the vehicles will begin next year and be completed by 2016.


The order, which includes logistical support, was given to Rheinmetall by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense in late 2012 and is now being implemented following completion of legal formalities. It is worth about $289.6 million.


The company said it is providing 103 overhauled and modernized Leopard 2 main battle tanks, 42 upgraded Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles and 11 various armored recovery and engineering vehicles.


"With a population of some 240 million, Indonesia is one of the world's largest democracies," Rheinmetall said. "It plays an increasingly important role as a regional superpower and source of stability in Southeast Asia.


"The decision to procure these vehicles reflects Indonesia's need to modernize its ability to respond to potential threats to its territorial integrity. Moreover, in order to take part in U.N. peacekeeping and peace enforcement missions, Indonesia requires equipment that corresponds to the military standards of its partner nations."

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
Rheinmetall se lance dans le pétrole pour mieux vendre ses armes

26 septembre 2013 Romandie.com (AFP)


BERLIN - La groupe allemand de défense Rheinmetall va s'allier à son compatriote Ferrostaal, actif dans l'exploitation pétrolière et gazière, afin de nouer plus facilement des contacts avec les décideurs de pays potentiellement acheteurs d'armes, a annoncé son patron.


Rheinmetall, qui fabrique notamment des chars, veut former une co-entreprise avec les activités pétrole et gaz de Ferrostaal, a indiqué au quotidien Handelsblatt de jeudi Armin Papperger, patron de la société depuis le début d'année. Ferrostaal fabrique et vend des infrastructures d'exploitation pétrolière et gazière.


Nous devons accélérer l'implantation dans de nouveaux marchés, a justifié M. Papperger. Par le biais de la division pétrole et gaz de Ferrostaal nous aurons accès aux décideurs dans les pays en question, a-t-il poursuivi, puisque les interlocuteurs au niveau politique sont souvent les mêmes dans le domaine énergétique et dans la défense.


Rheinmetall a l'Afrique du Nord -notamment l'Algérie où les deux groupes coopèrent déjà-, le Moyen-Orient et l'Amérique du Sud en ligne de mire. la co-entreprise aura au départ un chiffre d'affaires de 200 à 300 millions d'euros, qui va bien sûr grimper dans les années à venir, a dit le patron.


Rheinmetall va à cette fin prendre une participation dans Ferrostaal, à une hauteur non précisée. Plus tard nous pouvons nous imaginer prendre la majorité, a précisé M. Papperger.


L'opération envisagée sera une activité toute nouvelle pour Rheinmetall, a commenté Adrian Pehl, analyste du courtier Equinet, avec tous les risques que cela comporte. En outre Ferrostaal a mauvaise réputation, et nous ne pouvons que recommander à Rheinmetall de bien examiner Ferrostaal (due diligence) avant de s'allier à eux, a-t-il ajouté.


Ferrostaal, anciennement détenu par le fabricant de poids lourds MAN et le fonds souverain d'Abu Dhabi, a été éclaboussé par plusieurs affaires de corruption -au Portugal et en Grèce notamment. La société est passée fin 2011 aux mains d'un fonds allemand, MPC.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 07:45
Rheinmetall Wins Order for Mortar Ammo

September 5, 2013 defense-aerospace.com    

(Source: Rheinmetall AG; issued Sept. 4, 2013)


Rheinmetall Wins Multi-Million Euro Contract for Mortar Ammunition


Rheinmetall AG of Düsseldorf has booked a major order for mortar ammunition. A customer in the Middle East/ North Africa (MENA) region has contracted with Rheinmetall Denel Munition of South Africa to supply ammunition for a mobile 120mm mortar system. The contract, which runs for several years and will be completed in partnership with a local company in the customer land, is worth around €50 million.


Delivery of the ammunition starts in September 2014. The order encompasses tens of thousands of service, illumination and smoke/obscurant rounds. They are developed for a modern 120mm mobile mortar system, with ballistic characteristics specifically adapted to its advanced fire control unit. The ammunition’s range of over 8,000 metres and proven performance in battle underpin its leading role in the market and with it, Rheinmetall’s technological leadership.


Just awarded, the contract issued by the MENA-customer is the culmination of cooperation between the project participants from the world of vehicles, weapons and ammunition, and fire control technology. Moreover, the order is an important endorsement for the use of Rheinmetall ammunition in the mobile 120mm mortar system, and a significant sign of possible orders to come from other customers in the MENA region.


Rheinmetall also sees the order as a validation of its strategy of internationalization. A presence in the MENA region and entering into strategic partnerships could assist the Düsseldorf-based Group to further strengthen its reputation as a reliable partner of the military as well as local industry.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 11:50
the Puma IFV will undergo two month-hot weather trials in UAE. Photo Ralph Zwilling

the Puma IFV will undergo two month-hot weather trials in UAE. Photo Ralph Zwilling

29 August 2013 army-technology.com


The German Army has shipped two new Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to UAE for hot weather trials under the direction of the Bundeswehr Federal Office for equipment, information technology and operation (BAAINBw) over the next two months.


Scheduled to be carried out by personnel of the Bundeswehr Technical Centre (WTD) 91 Meppen (weapons) and WTD 41 Trier for mobility, the testing forms part of extensive investigations required to demonstrate whether the vehicle fulfils military requirements.


Apart from testing Puma's suitability for very hot weather operations, the trials will also include firing and driving manoeuvres in desert conditions, as well as firepower and mobility evaluations.


During the trials, the temperature profiles inside the vehicle will be measured, then compared to the ambient temperature and analysed.


Puma IFV successfully completed three-month cold weather testing in Lakselv, Norway, in 2012.


Based on the weather tests results, the first production of Puma IFV is expected to be delivered to the German Army in 2014.


Powered by a MTU V10 892 diesel engine, Puma is a 31.5t tracked armoured infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV) designed to replace the army's existing Rheinmetall Landsysteme Marder 1 vehicles, which entered service in 1971 and will soon reach the end of operational life.


Around 350 vehicles are currently being manufactured by Projekt System Management, a joint venture of Rheinmetall Land Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, as part of a €3bn contract awarded in July 2009.


The contract originally covered 405 vehicles, but the numbers were later reduced in wake of the German army's restructuring programme.


Deliveries of all vehicles are scheduled to complete by the end of 2020.

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5 juillet 2013 5 05 /07 /juillet /2013 11:50
LAVOSAR: Workshop Results

Brussels | Jul 04, 2013 by Elisabeth.SCHOEFFMANN - European Defence Agency


The industry workshop on Open System Architecture Standardisation for Vehicle Mission Systems (LAVOSAR) successfully took place on 25 June 2013. Forty participants from ten countries and 35 organisations (industry and government) attended and discussed the presented approach to an Open System Architecture for military vehicle mission systems. The workshop was a deliverable of the LAVOSAR study funded by the EDA.


The LAVOSAR study team introduced the currently ongoing study which started in February 2013 and which will finish in November 2013. Intermediate work results on “Standardisation and Business Case”, “Technologies” and first results on the “Architecture” were presented and discussed. Extracts from the presentations can be downloaded below.


The topic generated substantial interest and is regarded as key for a comprehensive implementation of information technology in military vehicles resulting in drastic increase in performance and flexibility whilst, at the same time, achieving cost savings for procurement and especially for maintenance and logistics.


The lively and fruitful discussions provided important feedback to the LAVOSAR study and will be integrated into the ongoing work. The minutes of the workshop are accessible here below.


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2 juillet 2013 2 02 /07 /juillet /2013 17:50
Rheinmetall receives major order worth €475 million for new Leopard 2 and self-propelled howitzer project

22.06.2013 Rheinmetall - army-guide.com


An important new order from an Arab customer underscores Rheinmetall’s role as a leading international supplier of army technology products.


Specifically, Rheinmetall will be supplying complete L55-type tank guns for over sixty Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks, together with fire control electronics and electro-optical sensors for the medium-calibre weapon station.


In addition, Rheinmetall will manufacture the chassis and L52 main armament for over twenty PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, as well as supplying a complete driver training vehicle.


The Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group will also be responsible for a spare parts package and special tools as well as training and documentation services.


The order also encompasses 120mm ammunition for the Leopard and 155mm ammunition for the PzH 2000 in multiple variants, together with MTLS modular propelling charges for the artillery system.


Rheinmetall has over forty years’ experience in developing and manufacturing armoured fighting vehicles. The Leopard 2 continues to set the global standard for modern main battle tanks. In service with the armies of 18 nations, over 3,600 now exist. Rheinmetall played a decisive part in developing and producing the Leopard 2. Of the 2,125 A4 versions of the Leopard 2 built, Rheinmetall completely manufactured 977 of these systems in Kiel on behalf of the armed forces of Germany and the Netherlands.


By contributing a number of crucial components, Rheinmetall has a major technological stake in the overall Leopard system. For example, Rheinmetall is responsible for the 120mm smoothbore gun, still considered to be most effective tank main armament anywhere. Produced under licence, this cutting edge weapon is also integrated into America’s M1 Abrams as well as a number of other main battle tanks.


Moreover, both the Leopard and PzH 2000 benefit tremendously from Rheinmetall’s unsurpassed expertise in the field of large-calibre ammunition. In both of these fighting vehicles, the perfectly harmonized combination of main armament and ammunition attests to the company’s unique competence in weapons and munitions as well as systems engineering.


Rheinmetall’s technological dominance also extends to the world of combat support vehicles: closely based on the Leopard and developed by Rheinmetall, the Büffel/Buffalo 3 armoured recovery vehicle forms a veritable “Main Battle Tank System” when teamed with the Leopard 2. Likewise based on the Leopard 2 chassis, Rheinmetall’s highly specialized Kodiak armoured engineering vehicle impressively underscores the company’s system capabilities and competence, which extend far beyond the classic main battle tank.


Furthermore, in the field of C4I and fire control technology, Rheinmetall occupies a unique position in the global marketplace. Adapted to meet individual customer requirements, the company supplies individual solutions that can be integrated into higher-echelon command and control systems.

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31 mai 2012 4 31 /05 /mai /2012 16:50



May 31, 2012 ASDNews Source : Rheinmetall AG


Every two years, the international land forces community gathers in Paris. The Eurosatory defence show offers an impressive overview of the latest developments in wheeled and tracked vehicles, command and control technology, weapons, force protection systems, personal equipment, sensors and much, much more. One of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology systems, Rheinmetall will be on hand 11-15 June 2012, displaying a selection of its product portfolio to high-ranking delegations and specialist visitors from around the globe, with “Force protection is our mission” as its motto.

Tracked and wheeled fighting vehicles
Main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) as well as wheeled armoured combat vehicles continue to form the backbone of modern mechanized armed forces. Even in contemporary asymmetric conflicts, their mobility, excellent protection, firepower and C4I capabilities render them invaluable.

At its Eurosatory pavilion, Rheinmetall will be presenting its current products and projects in this vital domain. On display is the Boxer armoured transport vehicle in its Bundeswehr command post configuration, together with the protected Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).

Yet older legacy vehicles too can be retrofitted to meet the contingencies of modern military operations. Taking two extensively overhauled Marder IFVs as an example, Rheinmetall shows how new protection technologies, improved drives and innovative build-ons based on tried-and-tested platforms can result in new, cost-effective vehicles ranging from armoured personnel carriers to medium-weight main battle tanks. Moreover, by integrating the latest technologies, components and subsystems, Rheinmetall is able to produce high-end solutions as well. An outstanding example of this is the MBT Revolution.

Dependable vehicles form the key link in every logistics chain. Made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), the robust and versatile TG, HX and SX vehicle series have reliably served armies around the world for decades.

At Eurosatory 2012 Rheinmetall is showcasing an advanced version of the protected HX series for the first time. The vehicle is equipped with the ADS active hard-kill system. Also on view at the Rheinmetall stand are various versions of the HX 8x8, which, among other things, is the Group’s entry in the competition to supply Canada’s projected “Medium Support Vehicle System Standard Military Pattern” (MSVS SMP).

Another Eurosatory premiere: the lightweight Amorok M. RMMV is thus systematically expanding its range of commercial off-the-shelf vehicles in the under 3.5 t weight class.

Whether the object is preventing optical, optronic or electronic detection, or individual body armour, innovative vehicle systems or even safeguarding large-scale critical infrastructure, Rheinmetall supplies cutting edge systems and total solutions – all from a single source.

Rheinmetall Chempro und Rheinmetall Verseidag Ballistic Protection Systems are the Group’s experts for passive protection products. They are made of lightweight, high-performance materials, designed for inclusion in tactical vehicles, helicopters or ships for protecting passengers and crew. Inserts made of these materials are also available for ballistic vests.

“Soft-kill” solutions offer excellent active protection for ground vehicles as well as fixed-wing aircraft helicopters and ships. Smoke/obscurant systems like “Rosy” make vehicles invisible to the enemy in the event of an ambush, etc. Constituting the last line of defence, “hard-kill” systems such as Rheinmetall’s ADS neutralize incoming projectiles before they reach their target.

One of the must trusted names in the international defence industry for well over a century, a great strength of Rheinmetall is its unsurpassed ability to integrate new and existing technology into a highly effective system of systems.

Sensors and fire control technology
For the first time at Eurosatory, the Rheinmetall Electro-Optics division is presenting its cost-efficient Vingtags SLR observation system. Besides Rheinmetall’s own sensors, it can also accommodate third-party devices. It is able to collect and transmit target data even at long ranges.

Its big brother, the Vingtaqs II, which combines electro-optical reconnaissance with a battlefield radar, is on show as well, mounted on the AMPV as a mobile reconnaissance solution.

Rheinmetall is also displaying its FOI 2000 laser target marking system for forward artillery observers and forward air controllers. It can be integrated into vehicles or deployed in dismounted mode. The armed forces of Sweden and Norway already use this device.

Visitors can also have a look at the Group’s trusty laser pointers, laser target marker and laser light modules, including the Vario Ray (LLM-VR), and the LLM01, which is in service with numerous armed forces and law enforcement agencies. The Group’s ZEFF identification friend-foe system, known as the Dismounted Soldier Identification Device/DSID, rounds out the division’s array of products on display, together with its Multi-Ray fire control unit.

Soldier systems
Infantry and other units that operate in dismounted mode continue to play a vital role in modern conflicts. On behalf of the German Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall developed its modular Future Soldier – 2 (IdZ-2) array of combat kit, which is currently being fielded under the name “Gladius”. The system brings dismounted troops directly into the loop of network-enable operations. At Eurosatory, Rheinmetall is presenting the version now being procured by the German military.

The Group’s comprehensive portfolio of 40mm x 46 (low velocity/LV and medium velocity/MV) and 40mm x 53 high velocity (HV) ammunition underscores Rheinmetall’s compelling lead in the 40mm field. This ranges from practice ammunition and non-lethal variants to highly effective service ammunition, including 40mm x 46 MV and 40 mm x 53 HV time-delay airburst rounds. In addition, Rheinmetall has developed the Cerberus grenade launcher and Hydra automatic grenade launcher, each specially designed for firing medium-velocity ammunition. Both feature a hydraulic shock absorber that reduces the recoil force to the level of LV ammunition. Concept studies can be examined at Eurosatory.

In the field of 60mm mortar ammunition Rheinmetall can also lay claim to a leadership role. This new family of insensitive ammunition meets all the requirements of STANAG 4439. It encompasses service, multi-purpose and practice rounds. The VingPods fire control unit, already successfully deployed in the 81mm mortar sphere, is currently being modified to meet the requirements of this new ammunition family.

Furthermore, on show at Eurosatory are Rheinmetall’s two new 120mm tank rounds, the HE Temp. DM11 and the HE SQ (standing for “high explosive super quick) RH31, both of them optimized for the modern battlefield. The DM11 is characterized by a) the programmability of the loaded cartridge, and b) delayed airburst detonation at ranges of engagement of up to five kilometres. The necessary technical modifications (programmability) can be carried out in any main battle tank equipped with a 120mm smoothbore gun and an up-to-date fire control unit. The lower priced RH31 features a selectable impact function (with or without delay) that requires no modification of the system. A number of Leopard 2/M1 user nations have already placed orders for both ammunition types.

LANCE is a state-of-the-art Rheinmetall medium-calibre turret system. It can be configured for manned operation or serve as a remote control turret. At Eurosatory, visitors can view a LANCE training demonstrator at the Rheinmetall stand. Moreover, MOWAG is showcasing a Piranha APC mounted with a LANCE turret.
Even small command and mission-specific vehicles can be provided with additional firepower. Possibilities include Rheinmetall’s remote control, fully stabilized weapon stations such as the Lite or Super Lite of the Protector family, which are integrated into various vehicles on display at the Rheinmetall stand.

Air defence
Modern air defence systems have to be able to contend not just with the traditional threat from above, but also with random asymmetric attacks, i.e. rocket, artillery and mortar fire (RAM). Rheinmetall Air Defence’s response to this tactical and technical challenge is the Oerlikon Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM system. It is designed to protect military installations and critical civilian infrastructure from RAM attacks on the home front and during deployed operations abroad – whether in high-intensity conventional conflicts or military operations other than war (MOOTW). The Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM system is based on Rheinmetall’s Ahead airburst technology. Germany has already procured two Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM systems, which it refers to as the MANTIS.

Rheinmetall: global source for defence technology
The Rheinmetall products on display at Eurosatory 2012 underscore once again the multifaceted capabilities of one of the world’s leading suppliers of top-quality systems and equipment for armed forces and law enforcement agencies.

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Rheinmetall: ready to team with India


Mar 2, 2012ASDNews Source : Rheinmetall AG


Without a doubt, India is the regional superpower of South Asia. Its armed forces form a mainstay of Indian security policy, and are now undergoing further modernization. Facing up to the challenges of an expanded mission spectrum, they rely increasingly on network-enabled operations: a “system of systems” consisting of sensors, C4I capabilities and effectors that enables an appropriate response to any and all threats.


From 29 March to 1 April 2012, Defexpo will take place in New Delhi. It is one of the largest defence technology trade fairs in Asia.


As one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology systems, Rheinmetall will be on hand with a representative selection of its diverse array of products for military and security forces. Building on a proud tradition, the Düsseldorf, Germanybased Rheinmetall Group covers many different capability categories.


Wiesel – mobile, air-portable, versatile

In order to operate in difficult terrain – in the mountains, for example, or in an urban environment – today’s armed forces need a flexible, quickly deployable, protected platform that can be readily integrated into network-enabled operations and which, above all, can be transported by air either on board or as underslung cargo. It was precisely with these capabilities in mind that Rheinmetall developed the Wiesel (‘weasel’) family of vehicles, which the company will be presenting at Defexpo 2012.


A lightweight tracked armoured vehicle, the Wiesel is standard equipment in German airmobile and mountain units. While the Wiesel 1 was originally employed as a weapons platform, the somewhat longer Wiesel 2 is now available in numerous other configurations.


Today the Wiesel family covers practically the full range of military ground capabilities, encompassing a reconnaissance vehicle, a command post version, an anti-tank-missile launcher platform, an automatic cannon platform, an engineering scout vehicle and a field ambulance version. Other variants include joint fire support team and joint fire support coordination team vehicles and a 120mm mortar carrier; Finally, a Wiesel-based mobile air defence system consisting of an air defence command post vehicle, an air defence reconnaissance and fire control vehicle, and an air defence weapon carrier round out the portfolio.


Much like other Rheinmetall vehicles – e.g. the Fuchs/Fox armoured transport vehicle – the Wiesel has accompanied the Bundeswehr right from the start in every deployed operation. Whether in the deserts of Somalia, the mountains of Kosovo or the rugged terrain of the Hindu Kush – the Wiesel has what it takes: high mobility coupled with protection. Transportable by air in a medium transport helicopter or as underslung cargo, the various members of the Wiesel family can be quickly deployed to new flash points. The Wiesel is thus the ideal platform for the Mountain Strike Corps, which is now in the process of formation.


Countering the threat from above: advanced air defence systems

Aerial attacks continue to pose a major threat to troop concentrations, military bases, civilian population centres and critical civilian infrastructure.


In the domain of VSHORAD technology, Rheinmetall’s Air Defence division is the global leader and the sole single-source supplier of battle management systems, fire control systems, automatic cannon, integrated missile launchers and Ahead ammunition. Its core competencies include the development and manufacture of complete air defence systems as well as simulators and training equipment.


Aware of India’s ambitious plans to modernize its air defence capabilities, Rheinmetall is presenting a wide array of sophisticated air defence solutions at Defexpo 2012.


The need for a 35mm gun-based air defence system able to meet current and coming requirements led to the recent development and manufacture of the Oerlikon Skyshield air defence system. Lightweight and compact, it is the world’s most advanced and effective system for low-level air defence. It basically consists of an Oerlikon Skyshield fire control unit and two high-performance Oerlikon Revolver Gun MK2 automatic cannons, specifically designed to fire Ahead airburst ammunition.


The heart of Rheinmetall’s proprietary Ahead technology is a high-precision timedelay projectile. At the optimum moment, it ejects a lethal cloud of heavy metal pellets, reliably neutralizing small and even very small projectiles, such as rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM) rounds, much the way a shotgun shell destroys a clay pigeon.


This weapon has been successfully deployed in NATO operations since 1996. It forms the main armament of the Oerlikon Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM system, which the German Bundeswehr has procured for defending its forward operating bases.


Furthermore, Rheinmetall’s air defence technology is by no means limited to static defence roles. Mobile applications are equally feasible. For short-term missions, a truck-mounted version is available which can be deployed without unloading the system from the truck. This is particularly useful if the mission involves protecting a succession of different sites for short periods. Mounting a Skyshield air defence system on an all-terrain 8x8 vehicle – e.g. a military truck made by Rheinmetall’s partner Tata – ensures maximum operational flexibility.


Existing Skyguard and Skyshield systems can also be retrofitted with Ahead technology. Furthermore, thanks to the modularity of its systems, Rheinmetall is able to bring additional components into play, readily creating multi-mission capabilities tailored to the needs of individual clients.


C4ISTAR – Enhancing your vision, your impact and your information

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology systems, Rheinmetall is an increasingly important partner in the field of C4ISTAR systems. The Group’s product spectrum ranges from single sensors and components to sensor platforms and fire control units, and from individual soldier systems to complete battle management systems.


These sensor and fire control systems represent top-notch technology and are in service with a number of armed forces worldwide.


Rheinmetall has longstanding experience in equipping combat platforms with sensor and fire control systems. To enable customers to cope with today’s requirements, Rheinmetall has developed digital turret and vehicle systems that provide modular and flexible solutions for a variety of combat and turret systems, as well as to standard vehicles e.g. for law enforcement or security surveillance missions. Due to the technology applied and the system architecture these solutions can be used either for adapted upgrades or fully integrated solutions for systems under development.


As part of these digital turret and vehicle systems the Situational Awareness System (SAS), for example, on show at Defexpo 2012, is a complete panoramic close-up sight for local situational awareness. It can be integrated easily into turret or chassis and offers a 360° - both day and night sight - near-field view of the vehicle’s immediate surroundings, with automatic alarm and target-tracking functions. SAS provides outstanding “look through armour”, increases the safety and reduces the workload of the crew thanks to a high degree of automation.


The situational awareness of a combat vehicle can be complemented by the vehiclemounted version of Rheinmetall’s Acoustic Sniper Locating System (ASLS). ASLS comprises a powerful microphone antenna array with integrated analysis electronics as well as a control and display functions inside the vehicle.


When a round is fired ASLS instantly computes azimuth, elevation and distance of the sniper relative to the vehicle. Simultaneously ASLS alerts the crew acoustically and visually, displaying the results of the location  analysis on the vehicles manmachine-interface in real-time. In combination with the fire control system of the vehicle’s the crew can react within no time and start to engage the enemy position, before the next round is fired. Additionally, the geo-referenced position of the sniper –determined with a GPS system – can be fed into a C4I system, e.g. for information of other forces in the area, target assignment or subsequent engagement. ASLS is also available in a stationary version and a man-portable version, which can be connected to modern soldier systems.


In the field of soldier systems, Rheinmetall was awarded a contract by the German Army in 2011 to deliver the cutting edge “German Future Soldier - Expanded System”. The IdZ2 (formerly IdZ-ES) enhances the battle performance, endurance and protection of modern war-fighters on the ground and embeds them directly into the network-centric operations loop. Visitors will see the IdZ2 during Defexpo.


Rheinmetall Defence: totally oriented to today’s military


With its Combat Systems, Electronic Solutions, and Wheeled Vehicles divisions, Rheinmetall Defence supplies the world’s armed forces with systems and equipment systematically designed to assure successful outcomes in complex modern military operations.


Rheinmetall also maintains an extensive network of international partnerships for serving new markets as well as enabling technology transfer that will substantially benefit both the industry and the military of customer nations. This makes Rheinmetall the ideal industrial partner in the quest to supply India’s armed forces with advanced capabilities.

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Oct 18, 2011 ASDNews Source : Rheinmetall AG


A multifaceted partner for multifaceted operations


In contemporary peacekeeping and peace-enforcement operations, where asymmetric threats are omnipresent, it can be hard to draw a hard and fast distinction between internal and external security. The duties of armed forces and internal security agencies often overlap, meaning that both require a multifaceted array of equipment and capabilities.


At Milipol 2011, the prestigious Paris tradeshow for military and law enforcement agencies, leading system supplier Rheinmetall Defence of Germany will be on hand from 18 to 21 October at Stand 1H-092, displaying an extensive range of products for police forces, security services and the armed forces, with the accent on the Group's numerous capabilities categories.




The newly established division Rheinmetall Electro-Optics, consisting of the companies Vinghog, Vingtech, Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics, I.L.E.E. and some units of Rheinmetall Defence Electornics, is presenting (among other things) night observation devices for many different applications - ranging from GN night vision goggles and the KN night vision visor to KDN night vision binoculars.


Weapons and weapon-related systems


Further, Rheinmetall Electro-Optics is presenting its tried-and-tested laser light modules, among them the brand-new Vario Ray (LLM-VR) and the LLM01, already in service with many armed forces and law enforcement organizations. The LLM01 has also been mounted on the German Bundeswehr's newest infantry weapon, the Designated Marksman Rifle G28 by Heckler & Koch.


Also on display are the Group's FeLVis fire control unit for 40mm low-velocity ammunition and the ZEFF dismounted soldier identification device (DSID).


Another Rheinmetall Electro-Optics product on show is the Vingmate advanced sight and fire control system. Besides the aiming device and fire control unit, it consists of a combined tripod and softmount, capable of receiving various 40mm automatic grenade launchers or .50 calibre heavy machine guns. Because the fire control unit can store up to ten ballistic firing tables, the effector of the Vingmate system can be quickly changed without having to readjust the weapon being used. The Canadian armed forces have procured a variant of the Vingmate system to serve as a close area support weapon, or CASW.


Moreover, at Milipol Rheinmetall also provides proof of its leading position in the field of 40mm ammunition, with an extensive array of 40mm x 46 (low velocity/LV and medium velocity/MV) and 40 mm x 53 high velocity (HV) rounds. These range from training and non-lethal cartridges to highly effective service ammunition.


At its Test Centre in Unterlus, the company recently conducted an impressive demonstration of its 40mm x 46 MV und 40mm x 53 HV time-delay airburst cartridges on behalf of the international ground forces community. Rheinmetall is developing the Cerberus grenade launcher and the Hydra automatic grenade launcher, specially designed for firing medium-velocity ammunition. Both weapon systems feature hydraulic shock absorbers that reduce the resulting recoil to the level of low velocity ammuntion.


Rheinmetall has also developed a quick-mounting digital aiming device for the Fly-K mortar, a system successfully deployed by the French armed forces in Afghanistan. The device measures the incline and elevation angle of the tube, while showing the range of the cartridges on a display. Light, compact, quiet and with a very low operational signature, this indirect fire weapon can of course also be used without an aiming device to engage targets at distances of up to 800 metres.


In the ordnance field, Rheinmetall is displaying its new generation flash-bang grenade, which features bottom-top venting (BTV) technology. Its new chamber system is designed for different decibel levels: 180 dB for military applications and 170 dB for law enforcement operations. For added flexibility, the new generation can be used either with a conventional flash-bang charge or with a newly developed perchlorate-free one, which also produces less smoke.


Rheinmetall has also improved the performance of the classic Spirco rapid smoke/obscurant grenade. In addition, its new red phosphorous smoke/obscurant grenade, known as ISIS (standing for "Infrared Smoke Instantaneous Spread"), creates a smokescreen in the space of a second that is impenetrable to optical, night vision and infrared devices.


Designed for illumination and signalling, the Group's handheld Mithras rockets make it possible to engage hostile forces around the clock. They feature ranges of 300, 600 and 1,000 metres, and come in normal and IR versions. The British armed forces have already introduced this innovative signalling rocket.




The Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles division makes numerous vehicles that substantially enhance the mobility and operational effectiveness of miltary and law enforcement units. For example, the German Military Police use a water cannon version of the Yak protected command and mission-specific vehicle.


A joint development of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, the Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle, or AMPV, is currently undergoing Bundeswehr trials.


Finally, the robust all-terrain vehicles of the HX/SX family and the TGM model series assure first-class mobility. Scale models of the Yak, AMPV and TGM are all on display at the Rheinmetall stand.




Rheinmetall is also a many-sided partner in the field of ballistic protection. On show at Milipol is the VERhA-product range by Rheinmetall Verseidag Protection Systems, consisting of high-performance, lightweight materials which are installed in special vehicles, helicopters and ships to protect their occupants. Inserts for bullet-resistant vests can also be inspected at the company's stand. In addition, Rheinmetall Chempro is presenting its practical Mobile Modular Protection System, or MMS. Whether it is used for reinforcing mobile checkpoints, for hardening shelters in forward operating bases or protecting portholes and machine gun positions on board ships, the MMS assures maximum flexibility in all climate zones, meeting the need for swiftly deployable protection in accordance with STANAG 4569, even in difficult terrain.


Rheinmetall's major presence at Milipol 2011 underscores yet again the Group's multifaceted role as a leading supplier of systems and equipment for the world's armed forces and law enforcement agencies.

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