Australia has awarded $2.4 billion (€2.1 billion) contract to Rheinmetall to procure 211 Boxer wheeled armored vehicles.
The contract was signed at Parliament House in Canberra today by the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia Gary Stewart. Delivery of the advanced 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) will take place between 2019 and 2026, the company said in a statement Friday.
Turnbull first announced his government’s intention to order the fleet of Boxer vehicles in March 2018.
The ADF will introduce several variants of the Boxer with the reconnaissance variant – accounting for 133 of the 211 vehicles – equipped with Rheinmetall’s Lance turret system and armed with a 30mm automatic cannon.
Under Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 selection process, the Boxer CRV was chosen in 2016 as one of two candidates for Risk Mitigation Activity trials where the 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle performed convincingly in the categories of survivability, mobility, firepower, and command & control.
More than 40 Australian companies will be included in the programme.
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
The Canadian Armed Forces have exercised options under the Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP) to procure an additional 1,256 Rheinmetall Argus soldier systems worth CAD22 million (€14.3 million)
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 received a $59 million contract to supply nearly 70,000 cartridges of MK281 MOD3 40mm grenade practice ammunition to US Marines. The company is scheduled to start the production by the third quarter of 2019, Rheinmetall said in a statement Monday
The Duesseldorf, Germany-based tech enterprise has been selected to supply the Australian Defence Force with more than a thousand additional military trucks and modules, worth €430 million. The Commonwealth of Australia has thus acted on a procurement decision already announced in July 2018
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