Rheinmetall’s presence at MSPO in Kielce, is very important for the company, as just last month, Rheinmetall founded a new company in order to strengthen the group’s presence in Eastern Central Europe: Rheinmetall Defence Polska (RDP). A subsidiary of Rheinmetall Landsysteme with locations in Warsaw and Gliwice, RDP will serve as a partner to the local defence industry, providing the Polish Armed Forces with technical and logistical support as well as helping to develop logistic concepts.
In addition, the new subsidiary will work closely with Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar-Labedy (ZMBL) in modernising Poland’s fleet of LEOPARD 2 A4 main battle tanks (MBT).
RDP serves as the Polish hub for all Rheinmetall Defence companies, acting as the central point of contact for the Polish government and military as well as Polish companies. Otmar Schultheis has been appointed Managing Director of RDP. A former German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) Armour Corps officer, he has been with Rheinmetall for over 30 years, gaining extensive experience in sales and project management in numerous national and international projects. Dr. Michael Kara, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH and CFO of the Tactical Vehicles business unit, will head the regional hub.
A Bergepanzer 3 BÜFFEL (Buffalo) armoured recovery vehicle (ARV), which Rheinmetall supplies as the original equipment manufacturer, IS AT MSPO at Stand #ZC-15
Poland has contracted Rheinmetall to carry out a complete modernisation of 128 LEOPARD 2 MBTs. In an industrial consortium with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and ZMBL, Rheinmetall now serves as a strategic partner of the two Polish companies, contributing key technological know-how in areas such as electronics and advanced weaponry. During the course of modernisation, the 128 MBTs – purchased by the Polish Army from surplus Bundeswehr stocks in 2002 – will be upgraded to the new LEOPARD 2 PL standard. A demonstrator version of the LEOPARD 2 as well as a Bergepanzer 3 BÜFFEL (Buffalo) armoured recovery vehicle (ARV), which Rheinmetall supplies as the original equipment manufacturer, are on show at Stand #ZC-15.
At this year’s MSPO, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) is showcasing the PEGAZ version of its Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). Configured to meet the specifications of the Polish Armed Forces, "this variant is the perfect solution for special operations forces as well as conventional units," says the company. "The AMPV PEGAZ is an outstanding example of Rheinmetall’s expertise in protection, sensor, and command and control systems – and of its ability to integrate these into robust tactical vehicles. Rheinmetall’s Acoustic Shooter Location System (ASLS) and Laser Warning System (LWS) enable 360°detection of multiple threats. Moreover, the group’s Enhanced Driver Vision System (EDVS), which features day and night vision cameras (image fusion is possible), can be added either as an independent system or as part of the Situational Awareness System (SAS). EDVS improves the vehicle’s mobility both day and night, rendering driving with night vision goggles obsolete."