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Rheinmetall and FRAEN Corporation announced a joint venture on 27 May. To be known as Rheinmetall Fraen Fuzes, LLC (RFF), the company will be owned 51/49% by the respective parents and will develop and produce military fuzes. The company will be collocated with FRAEN’ headquarters in Reading, MA.

The combined capabilities of the joint venture lay the groundwork for establishing a new benchmark in the world of military fuze technology, with intensive research and development poised to create new technical and tactical capabilities. Rheinmetall brings state-of-the-art technology, innovative drive, unsurpassed quality, and nearly 130 years of experience in developing and producing defense technology systems and products, especially weapon systems, ammunition, and related components. FRAEN is synonymous with precision fabrication of mechanical and electrical elements, automated production sequences with integrated quality control, and comprehensive production expertise.

The US market in particular stands to benefit from the synergies arising from the new joint venture, coupled with access to cutting-edge fuze technology – a key component in the production of ammunition – and an assured source of supply and excellent quality. Based on advanced Rheinmetall technologies and know-how, the creation of research and development capacity in America will be a boon for the US defence industry.

The new company constitutes a key element in the ongoing expansion of Rheinmetall’s Weapon and Ammunition division in the United States, and is an integral part of its strategy of securing existing and future US procurement orders in the weapon and ammunition domain.

We are very upbeat about the potential the new company opens up for our customers as well for ourselves. The combined capabilities of FRAEN Corporation and Rheinmetall mean that we will be able to offer our American customers the latest fuze technology and highly innovative products: Made in USA,” stated Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH Managing Director, Werner Kraemer.

Our goal is to tap into the market for ammunition and grow the company to meet the needs of our customers in the best way possible,” added FRAEN’s CEO, Nic Scarfo. “Combining our capabilities with technologies from Rheinmetall in the United States takes our business to a whole new level. We will be able to offer technologies and products that help our armed forces perform their important tasks.”

Darren Klein, who will lead the joint venture as CEO, pointed out that “Rheinmetall Fraen Fuzes is fortunate to be able to build on the robust capabilities, experience, and product portfolios of its parent companies. Thanks to this joint endeavour, we will be able to offer our customers the kind of innovative and effective high-quality products they need to carry out their vital mission.”

The new joint venture company will be co-located at FRAEN Corporation’s headquarters in Reading, MA. (Photo via Rheinmetall)

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