Chronicle 2016-217

2016

January
Ben Hudson is appointed to the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defence, where he represents the Vehicle Systems division.
Rheinmetall AG merges the extensive military vehicle activities of its Defence division into a new Vehicle Systems division. As a prelude, Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH (RLS) and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) are placed under joint management.

February
Rheinmetall and the Bundeswehr successfully test a high-energy laser effector on a German Navy ship at sea.

April
In a festive ceremony, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia delivers the first batch of the latest generation of logistic military vehicles to the Australian armed forces in Brisbane.
Rheinmetall receives an order to deliver a new generation of training equipment for shooting exercises to the German Army's Combat Training Centre (GÜZ) in Altmark (Saxony-Anhalt) – one of the world's most advanced military training centres. The latest generation of the Bundeswehr's AGDUS HdWa (training device, duel simulator, small arms) system, a laser-based and radio-based duel simulation system for combat exercises, is based on the Rheinmetall LEGATUS product family and replaces the first generation of the Bundeswehr's existing twenty-year-old systems.

May
Rheinmetall Air Defence wins a major modernisation contract from the Swiss Army and, by 2019, will have retrofitted the fire control units and guns of the Swiss Air Force's 35 mm medium-calibre air defence system ("Oerlikon Skyguard"), which has been in service for many years.

Together with Achleitner, Rheinmetall Landsysteme presents the protected Survivor R passenger transport vehicle, which is intended primarily for equipping police forces.

June
At the ILA Berlin Air Show, Rheinmetall and MBDA present a system concept for short-range and close-range protection against airborne threats for the first time. The solution ensures highly mobile escort and immediate firing readiness and integrates seamlessly into the German tactical air defence system ("Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem", TLVS) architecture as another possible element of integrated air defence.
With the Remote Controlled Lightweight Missile Mount (RCLM), Rheinmetall's new approach for extremely light missile launch systems celebrates its world première at Eurosatory. Thanks to its weight and size, the RCLM – which is largely made of carbon – can be integrated into almost any military vehicle and can, in particular, fire short-range anti-aircraft or ground-to-ground missiles.
At Eurosatory 2016, Rheinmetall unveils its new Skynex approach for the ground-based, fully networked air defence system of the future and the fully remote-controlled, autonomous and network-compatible Oerlikon Revolver Gun Mk3.

Rheinmetall Landsysteme presents the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle at the Eurosatory defence technology trade fair. The highly protected and agile tracked vehicle contributes to superiority on the battlefield and is suitable for all types of operations – from peace-stabilizing missions to high-intensity combat.
August

As the third NATO state using it, Lithuania procures 88 GTK Boxers with a total value of almost EUR 400 million. The vehicles are to be delivered between 2017 and 2021.

October
In a test campaign lasting several weeks at the Baltic Sea with various test arrangements, numerous LSS drones are successfully neutralised at distances of up to 1.5 kilometres in flight by the high-energy laser effectors applied to the technology demonstrators. This is done, for example, by weakening their structure, cutting through important electrical connections or deliberately destroying the drive units.
Rheinmetall and the US family-owned company Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) set up the joint venture Rheinmetall, Day & Zimmermann Munitions (RDZM) in Rosslyn, Virginia (USA) to design, develop and manufacture the latest generation of ammunition for the US market.

November
On the premises of the German test centre for weapons and ammunition ("Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Waffen und Munition") in Meppen, the first flight tests are carried out with a targeted, sharp passing shot of weapons with a calibre of up to 20 mm. During the two-week test phase, numerous tests are carried out, including fly-bys at speeds of up to 110 km/h and hovering flights.
At Indo Defence Expo & Forum in Jakarta, Rheinmetall Landsysteme presents a modified Marder 1 vehicle with a 105 mm cannon.
At the I/ITSEC 2016 trade fair in Orlando, for the first time, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics presents the world's first driving simulator combining high-end simulation technology from Rheinmetall with commercially available visualisation software. This demonstrator makes it possible to simulate complex traffic volumes and behaviour in urban areas and to combine them with a highly realistic representation.
At the I/ITSEC 2016 trade fair in Orlando, RDE also presents the versatile LEGATUS modular system.

Also
Considering initial observations on the main armament of future battle tanks, Rheinmetall Defence launches a self-financed demonstrator program in 130 mm calibre to test and analyse the significant improvement in performance it has identified, even in the face of modern threats. A future combat vehicle of the next Leopard 2 generation would thus be able to work against a better protected opponent in duels and at greater distances with superior firepower.

2017

January
Rheinmetall is awarded a major contract to modernise 90 Fuchs armoured transport vehicles of the Bundeswehr by 2020.

February
Rheinmetall and US armaments group Raytheon agree on comprehensive cooperation in the field of defence technology.

March
Rheinmetall receives an order from the US Air Force to supply FAP 25mm x 137 ammunition for the F-35 combat aircraft.

The new roller building for the production of powder without solvents (rolled powder) from Nitrochemie in Aschau is completed.

April
Rheinmetall supplies Swiss prisons Lenzburg and Bostadel with Rapid drone detection systems that can detect overflying drones, balloons or model aircraft but cannot shoot them down. This should enable the prison authorities to prevent weapons, drugs or smartphones from being smuggled into the prisons.

May
The foundation stone for the innovation centre is laid in Unterlüß.

The Bundeswehr orders 104 Leopard 2 A7V battle tanks to be delivered over a period of four years from 2019. This will increase the Leopard 2 fleet to 328 vehicles. Compared to the Leopard 2 A7, the Leopard 2 A7V is characterised by a significantly improved night-time combat capability, additional protective measures and improved air conditioning of the interior in hot theatres of operations.

RMMV and Supashock – an Australian suspension systems specialist – enter into a partnership to develop and manufacture shock absorbers and landing handling systems for military vehicles.

June
Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH is renamed Rheinmetall Electronics.

July
The Bundeswehr orders 2300 HX2 series military trucks worth approximately 900 million Euros to be delivered by 2024.

September
Rheinmetall sets up a joint venture with electronics group Rohde & Schwarz to bid for the major Bundeswehr mobile tactical communication ("Mobile taktische Kommunikation", MoTaKo) and mobile tactical information network ("Mobiler taktischer Informationsverbund", MoTIV). Rheinmetall holds a 74.9 percent stake in the joint venture.

November
In Oldenburg, Rheinmetall hands over the first of a total of 35 TGX 26.360 6X2-2 LL truck driving schools to BwFuhrparkService GmbH (BwFPS).

Rheinmetall MAN High Altitude Truck Expedition sets off with two RMMV HX 6x6 trucks to reach the world's highest accessible point for vehicles. In the Chilean Cordilleras at Ojos del Salado, the expedition team is building the world's highest mountain refuge at an altitude of 6100 metres. Due to an insurmountable rock barrier, the team has to turn around at an altitude of 6150 metres, meaning that the altitude record of 6675 metres set in 2014 will not be reached.

At the I/ITSEC 2017 trade fair in Orlando, for the first time, Rheinmetall presents the Osiris command and staff training system for simulating exercises at operational, tactical and strategic levels in a realistic operational environment. In Orlando, Rheinmetall also presents the Legatus modular live training system for simulating infantry operations.

Also
The new performance-enhanced 120 mm L55 A1 weapon system is qualified. It offers the possibility to give ammunition a higher energy level.

Rheinmetall Defence works on optimising the 120-mm-KE ammunition, which can exploit the higher energy level of the more powerful 120 mm L55 A1 weapon system.

Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics develops the latest version of the ultra-compact laser module series "Vario-Ray LowProfile". This is a very compact laser aiming aid and illumination module. Thanks to its design, it is excellently suited for today's compact assault rifles. The system withstands the harshest conditions on the battlefield and offers the operator operational readiness at all times. American Rheinmetall Systems supports production and sales on the US market.

In 2017, 33 Puma infantry fighting vehicles are delivered to the Bundeswehr.

Saxony's police receive two Survivor R heavy armoured vehicles.

As part of the major Land 121 project, 915 logistics vehicles are delivered to the Australian land forces. This brings the total number of trucks delivered under the 2013 contract to 1028.

Rheinmetall receives a major order for the supply of 68 train systems for the infantryman of the future – extended system ("Infanterist der Zukunft – Erweitertes System") soldier system, which can be fitted to more than 2460 soldiers.
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