Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The general political situation can not only move closer together Europe but gives the German armaments industry and new jobs: with a partner in Poland Rheinmetall plans to build a new armored vehicle .
The German automobile parts and defense group Rheinmetall plans to develop for the Polish military, together with a local partner an armored wheeled vehicle. To this end, a joint venture will set up, said a company spokesman, confirming a report by the “Handelsblatt”.
The joint venture with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) to build an amphibious Radpanzer According to the newspaper report, which also later could go for export. Still want PGZ 2015 and Rheinmetall thus begin developing the vehicle. The delivery is expected to start-up in three to four years, the paper further reported citing industry sources.
Poland want to lose weight, according to these figures, about 200 of the new German-Polish Radpanzer. The total value of the order is expected to reach over 300 million euros. The comparatively low price of 1.5 million euros per vehicle may suggest that it is not likely to be a completely new development in the cooperation. Perhaps where the concept to already proven components from the house Rheinmetall
Unit price:. 1.5 million euros
The armor division of the MDAX company named Rheinmetall Defence and is currently working in field of “armored wheeled vehicles”, among others, further development of Radpanzers “fox”, as well as the much younger and more modern troopship “Boxer”.
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Both vehicles are among the Radpanzern, but only a native of the 1970s Fuchs is also suitable for amphibious operations such as floating river crossings. Main customer of Rheinmetall Defence has been the German Bundeswehr.
Even before the Ukraine crisis saw the armor plans in Poland expenditure of 45 billion dollars in the next decade ago. The aim is a new missile defense system built and the arsenals are being modernized, including transport helicopters and tanks. After the outbreak of the crisis, the Polish government pressed now apparently clear up a gear.
“With the planned acquisition of new Radpanzern device is to be replaced from the Soviet era,” says the report of the “Handelsblatt”. The government in Warsaw is not alone: In view of Russian behavior in the Ukraine crisis and in the annexation of the Crimea equip alongside Poland and the Baltic states to massively – among others with German support