Rheinmetall yesterday received a major order worth 475 million euros from an unnamed Arab customer.
Under this contract, 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.
The delivery will take place progressively between 2015 and 2018, according to reports.
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.
By contributing a number of crucial components, Rheinmetall has a major technological stake in the overall Leopard system. Rheinmetall has been responsible for the 120mm smoothbore gun. Produced under license, this cutting edge weapon is also integrated into U.S. M1 Abrams as well as a number of other main battle tanks.