Rheinmetall has won a €300 million ($328 milion) contract to manufacture main armament and hulls for PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer and Leopard 2 main battle tank belonging to the Hungarian Army.
Under the agreement, the company will produce the main armament and fire control technology for 44 Leopard 2 main battle tanks as well as the main armament, fire control technology and chassis for 24 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers. The package also encompasses thirteen HX and TGS logistic trucks. Delivery begins in 2021 and will be completed in 2025, the company said in a statement Monday.
Rheinmetall has partnered with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to carry out the project. In December 2018 KMW won an order from the Hungarian armed forces for 44 new Leopard 2A7+ tanks and 24 new PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers.
As well as having design authority, Rheinmetall is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the 120mm smoothbore technology used in all versions of the Leopard 2 tank. The same is true of the 155mm L52 main gun of the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer. The higher-pressure 120mm L55A1 gun earmarked for the Leopard 2A7+ qualified at the end of 2017. The tank gun is capable of firing the programmable DM11 multipurpose round. The company has developed the chassis of the PzH self-propelled howitzer.
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Airbus has delivered the first two of twenty H145M military helicopters to the Hungarian Defence Forces. The order for the aircraft equipped with the HForce weapon management was placed in June 2018 by the Hungarian Ministry of Defence as part of its military modernisation programme
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