Rheinmetall Defence – About us
Rheinmetall – The technology group for security and mobility
Rheinmetall is an international technology group specializing in security and mobility. Urbanization, demographic change, migration flows, globalization, climate change and the increasing frequency and intensity of conflicts and military disputes mean that efforts to improve security and mobility areconstantly increasing. With its two sectors, Defence and Automotive, Rheinmetall fulfills these basic key needs of modern society. In 2016, its 23,000-strong staff generated annual sales of €5,602 million.
Rheinmetall Defence – High-tech protection for soldiers on deployment
The Rheinmetall Group’s Defence sector is regarded in the defense and security industry as a leading provider of innovative products for German and international armed forces, and offers system and partial system solutions and a wide range of services for capability in the areas of mobility, reconnaissance, management, effectiveness and protection.
Rheinmetall Defence stands for many years of experience and innovation in armored vehicles, weapons and ammunition and in the areas of air defense and electronics – including for the requirements of the navy and air force and for internal security. Whether it is for requirements specific to different branches of the armed forces or overall requirements, whether it is for external or internal security, the sector has a wide product portfolio of platforms and components, which are offered as individual and networked system solutions. This makes Rheinmetall Defence a strong and reliable partner to the German armed forces, their allies and friendly armies, along with civil national security forces.
All development, production and service activities are geared towards ensuring the best possible protection for soldiers on deployment. Rheinmetall Defence continuously sets new technological standards here: from vehicle, protection and weapon systems, through infantry equipment and air defense, to the networking of function sequences, electro-optics and simulation.
In fiscal year 2016, Rheinmetall Defence's some 11,000 employees generated annual sales of €2,946 million.
Protection of people and equipment is the foremost aim of development
The Defence sector systematically gears its research and development activities to the main areas of national capability stipulated by the German armed forces and to mission requirements profiles of international armies. The armed forces of the 21st century face growing challenges and complex threats. They are often fighting at very great risk to preserve security and freedom. Multinational deployments to prevent crises and deal with conflicts are becoming increasingly common. Modern equipment that uses cutting-edge technology and is adequate to the task can lead to vital improvements in ability to lead, stamina, mobility, effectiveness and ability to survive in the deployment scenarios faced by soldiers.
Rheinmetall Defence specializes in the development and production of components and systems for protecting people, vehicles, aircraft, ships and assets and, in its role as an equipment supplier to the German armed forces, NATO and other responsible nations, helps to protect armed forces involved in military operations. Its portfolio includes over 1,500 products, mainly for equipping ground forces but also for maritime and air forces and special units. The Defence sector is committed to capability-oriented innovation and is continuously setting new technological standards: from vehicle, protection and weapon systems, through infantry equipment and air defense, to the networking of function sequences and in the areas of simulation and training. Whether it is for requirements specific to different branches of the armed forces or general requirements of the armed forces as a whole, whether it is for external or internal security, the ability to integrate components to create effective overall solutions makes Rheinmetall Defence a strong partner to armies and civil national security forces.
Three divisions – one goal
Rheinmetall Defence’s internal structure is oriented not merely to the needs of the market, but to creating mission-driven capabilities, in turn fostering system-oriented thinking. The company’s innovative strengths are channelled into three specialized divisions, acting in unison to develop the defence solutions of tomorrow:
- Weapon and Ammunition
- Electronic Solutions
- Vehicle Systems