Rheinmetall has appointed Klaus Kappen, a formerly head of Research and Development coordination and Special Projects for Land Systems as the new Chief Technology Officer for its Defense business.
In charge of the newly established CTO department at Rheinmetall headquarters, Kappen reports directly to the Chairman of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG, Armin Papperger, the company said in a statement Friday.
In his newly created post, he will be responsible for growing and maintaining Rheinmetall Defense’s technological expertise as well as for coordinating all research and development projects at Defense.
His duties include taking part in the formulation and execution of corporate strategy in line with the imperatives of a pioneering technology developer and system supplier.
Furthermore, Klaus Kappen is responsible at Rheinmetall for identifying and analysing future equipment requirements of the armed forces and evaluating new products. Drawing on his experience in military R&D and technology, he will assist relevant departments of Rheinmetall Defence in preparing comprehensive system concepts for major projects of the armed forces, the company said.
Klaus Kappen joined Rheinmetall on 1 January 2018. Prior to this he headed the Land and Key Account Manager Army department at IABG mbH in Ottobrunn, where he was responsible for all activities relating to Bundeswehr ground forces.
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Rheinmetall has won an agreement to supply new military trucks and modules to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the LAND 121 Phase 5B program. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) will deliver more than 1000 high mobility logistics trucks and more than 800 modules to the ADF under the new program, which is an extension of the current LAND 121 Phase 3B Project
Germanys procurement authority, the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support, has awarded Rheinmetall a contract to supply a lightweight, assault rifle-mounted laser light package for the German Army. Worth around €5 million, the order encompasses the manufacture and delivery of 1,745 laser light package sets for the Bundeswehrs Special Forces Assault Rifle (“Sturmgewehr Spezialkräfte Bundeswehr, leicht”)
Rheinmetall has won a $15 million (€12 million) follow-on contract to expand the MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) countermeasure systems installed on Canadian Navys Halifax-class frigates. MASS is an automated decoy system that protects surface combatants from advanced anti-ship missiles
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