( Dusseldorf, Germany - September 14, 2005 ) Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH of Kiel will supply the Bundeswehr with 181 new armoured vehicles specifically designed to provide German troops with greater protection when deployed in harm’s way. The contract for this € 151 million procurement package has just been signed in Koblenz. Rheinmetall Landsysteme is a subsidiary of Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall AG.
This important order bolsters Rheinmetall’s market position as Europe’s leading supplier of tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles as well as a prime source of comprehensive force protection concepts. Moreover, the company views the order as a valuable reference for future export sales.
Specifically, the order encompasses 81 BV 206 S command and transport vehicles, costing a total of € 67 million, and 100 DURO lightweight armoured personnel carriers worth € 84 million. The vehicles will enter service from 2006 through 2009.
Flexible, airportable and ready to roll as soon as they hit the ground, these Rheinmetall light armoured vehicles are ideal for airmobile intervention forces. Moreover, thanks to their state-of-the-art armour technology, they offer a high degree of protection against such battlefield hazards as landmines and small arms fire.
As Klaus Eberhardt, Chairman of the Executive Board of
Rheinmetall AG, sums up: “This contract underscores Rheinmetall’s role as a technological pacesetter in the modernization of the Bundeswehr.”
For more information, please contact:
Rheinmetall AG, Press and Information
Tel.: +49-(0)211-473 4748
Fax: +49-(0)211-473 4157