The Rheinmetall Group’s Defence sector is regarded in the defence and security industry as a leading provider of innovative products for global armed forces. Rheinmetall Defence 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 at DSEI 2017 on the large booth S7-110, showcases its ASLS-S Acoustic Shooter-Localization-System (Soldier version), which is a reconnaissance system to detect and locate threats by enemy shooters. When being engaged by enemy fire, the user will be given an immediate acoustic alarm, e.g. “Shot, 9 o’clock, 200m”. The enemy’s direction, together with additional information, will be indicated optionally on a display. ASLS-S is to be operated with high reliability under any combat situation. The exceptional performance has been proven under changing environmental conditions and scenarios.
Furthermore PANOVIEW is displayed. The company calls it the next generation of situational awareness in armoured fighting vehicles. It merges modern sensor technology with virtual reality to create a real-time panoramic view of the vehicle’s surroundings. With technical innovations and many unique features PanoView takes you one step ahead on the battlefield.
Developed in cooperation with Steyr Mannlicher, Rheinmetall now offers the RS556, a modular, multipurpose 5.56mm x45 cal. assault rifle. This gas-operated weapon features an adjustable short-stroke gas piston system and rotating bolt. A special breech system with an emergency operation feature ensures that the weapon always functions reliably even in extreme operating conditions, e.g. in severely hot and cold environments. The adjustable-length plastic stock clicks into seven different positions, meaning that personnel can adjust the RS556 to match their individual equipment profile in optimum fashion. The RS556 features several standard and optional NATO accessory rails, meaning that it can be fitted with various optics and night observation devices or laser light modules.
Additionally, Rheinmetall shows its laser light modules. Designed for rifles and pistols, laser light modules use various light sources for detecting and marking targets. At twilight or under conditions of complete darkness, soldiers equipped with night vision goggles can use infrared near-field radiance to illuminate their surroundings and targets. The infrared target laser can also mark targets at long ranges. The laser target marking devices facilitate firing without aiming – i.e. shooting from the hip. The laser light modules feature a special adapter and can thus be easily mounted without tools.
Also at the booth, the MBT Advanced Technology Demonstrator is deployable for all kind of missions and outstandingly superior in firepower, protection and mobility. It is designed to fulfil all tasks in all thinkable scenarios of modern warfare: high intensity conflicts, peace keeping missions and counterinsurgency/ -terrorism operations, at all climate conditions and is fully night fighting capable.
On more than 600 square metres Rheinmetall Defence is presenting its innovative product range to international trade visitors. This year's highlights are the HX77 of the family of high-mobility logistic vehicles, the BOXER 8x8 vehicle, land- and seabased weapon systems, reconnaissance and air defence systems, scalable soldier systems, protection systems as well as simulation and training solutions.
www.monch.com brings together key developments from the show. For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #9/2017, available at the show on the Mönch stand S2-165; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.