Rheinmetall at DSEI 2017
In Europe and around the world, armed forces and law enforcement agencies are modernizing their equipment in the face of new security threats. Seeking a robust and reliable partner, many turn to Rheinmetall. One of the world’s leading systems makers, the high-tech specialist for mobility and security will be on hand at the DSEI defence show in London from 12 to 15 September.
Rheinmetall’s longstanding main battle tank expertise forms a prime focus this year. This expertise extends from combat performance upgrades and modernization programmes to full-scale production as an original equipment manufacturer. Moreover, Rheinmetall is a global leader in the development and manufacture of state-of-the-art tank main armament and ammunition as well as simulation and training technology. Among other things, at DSEI Rheinmetall is displaying its future main battle tank advanced technology demonstrator (MBT ATD) as well as the DM11, the Group’s state-of-the-art programmable multipurpose tank round, which is already in service with a number of NATO nations.
Moreover, the Boxer* is now returning to the United Kingdom, where it will be on display at the Rheinmetall stand (S7-110). The UK was an early partner in the industrial consortium that originally developed the Boxer Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV). In the meantime, three NATO nations have opted for this versatile, well-protected, combat-proven family of vehicles. The Boxer has also demonstrated its outstanding operational effectiveness in comprehensive performance trials conducted by the Australian Defense Force. The Boxer is considered to be a promising contender in the British Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) procurement programme.
Network-enabled operations form another prime focus. As a systems supplier, Rheinmetall specializes in incorporating soldiers, sensors, effectors, drones and tactical vehicles into highly effective “systems of systems”.
In a joint venture with Rohde & Schwarz, Rheinmetall is competing as general contractor for two major Bundeswehr projects: MoTaKo (German military shorthand for “Mobile Taktische Kommunikation” or mobile tactical communication), and MoTIV, which stands for “Mobiler Taktischer Informationsverbund”, or mobile tactical information network. The two projects will culminate in the German Army’s future digital combat command system – “German Army 4.0”, as it were.
At Rheinmetall’s Stand S7-110, a MoTaKo/MoTIV command post brings additional troops, vehicles and components into the command-and-control loop via a mobile communication node, creating a common operational picture in a tactical scenario. Among others things, the items on display include:
Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems division is the Group’s centre of excellence for products ranging from trucks to tactical wheeled vehicles and main battle tanks. Europe’s foremost supplier of army systems maintains an extensive portfolio for tactical land mobility, exemplified by top-performing trucks like the TG and HX families, the Boxer* and Fuchs/Fox wheeled tactical vehicles, the Kodiak armoured engineering vehicle and the new medium-weight Lynx family of tracked combat vehicles. In addition to this, the Group’s expertise in turret technology further enhances the portfolio. Examples here include the LANCE turret and the turret structure for the UK’s Ajax reconnaissance vehicle. Besides the Boxer 8x8 wheeled combat vehicle Rheinmetall is showcasing an HX77 truck equipped with a protected cabin at DSEI.
Underscoring Rheinmetall’s “Leadership in Cannon Design”, the new Sea Snake-27 is a 27mm automatic cannon for maritime applications. Comprehensive force protection solutions for personnel and platforms, infantry fire control devices, laser light modules, ammunition concepts, advanced air defence concepts and simulation technology round out the array of Rheinmetall products on display at this year’s DSEI. We look forward to welcoming you to our stand S7-110.