On booth ZC-15, Rheinmetall is showcasing solutions for both external and internal security and for the first time at MSPO, Rheinmetall’s agile, highly protected family of LYNX combat vehicles is on display. LYNX comes in two versions: the displayed KF (tracked vehicle) 31 (military weight class) and KF 41, both of which can be configured for a multitude of different roles, e.g. as infantry fighting vehicles or as armoured reconnaissance and forward observation vehicles.

Furthermore, visitors to MSPO 2017 can also learn about Rheinmetall’s extensive expertise in the LEOPARD 2 domain, ranging from comprehensive maintenance and modernisation programmes to advanced weapon concepts and the unique knowledge that stems from being a longstanding original equipment manufacturer.

Training and simulation technology for LEOPARD 2 crews likewise figure prominently in Rheinmetall’s product portfolio.

In an industrial partnership with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar- Labedy S.A. (ZMBL), Rheinmetall is currently modernising 128 LEOPARD 2A4 main battle tanks, upgrading them to the new and enhanced LEOPARD 2 PL build standard. A LEOPARD 2 PL is on display at the PGZ stand, Rheinmetall’s Polish partner.

Founded in August 2016, Rheinmetall Defence Polska symbolises Rheinmetall’s heightened presence in Central Europe. A subsidiary of Rheinmetall Landsysteme, the company has two locations, one in Warsaw and one in Gliwice, serving as a partner to the Polish defence industry as well as providing the Polish Armed force with technological and logistical support. ZMBL and Rheinmetall Defence Polska won the order to modernize Poland’s fleet of LEOPARD 2A4 tanks, which is being carried out in close cooperation with other Polish contractors like PCO, OBRUM and ZM Tarnow, assuring a very high degree of Polish input. Moreover, Rheinmetall Defence Polska is establishing its own service capabilities in order to provide services to Polish industry and the Polish Armed Forces, such as consultancy, on-site support, training, repair of components amd provision of spare parts. It also intends to cooperate with Polish and foreign companies in production and repair operations.


The IFV version of the KF 31 on display at MSPO features a two man LANCE turret equipped with the airburst-capable Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM automatic cannon as its main armament. It is also fitted with a twin launcher for the Rafael SPIKE antitank guided missile. (Photo: Robert Czulda)

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