AUSA 2017: Rheinmetall showcases latest innovations

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Rheinmetall has been a proven partner of the US military for many years. At this year’s AUSA on stand #619, Rheinmetall is showcasing a selection of its advanced products and projects. Visitors to the show can learn about Rheinmetall’s expertise in the world of advanced ammunition, e.g., Rheinmetall supplies the 25mm x137 medium-calibre frangible armour-piercing ammunition for the new F-35 stealth multirole fighter. Suitable for use against a wide set of targets, it is already in service with two NATO nations.

Furthermore, Rheinmetall is highlighting its 40mm technology, including solutions in the low-, medium- and high-velocity ammunition spectrum, among them its programmable 40mm x53 airburst round. Fire control aiming units like the Vingmate Fire Control System (FCS) 4500 and the MULTIRAY MR500, a competitor in the US “Grenadier Sighting System” procurement project, round out the group’s array of 40mm products.

Rheinmetall is also displaying its new VIM VITRA daylight camera, a proven means of upgrading the combat performance of existing remotely controlled weapon stations.

Additional examples of Rheinmetall expertise on show at AUSA include its force protection technology and network-enabled operations capabilities. Visitors can inspect the group’s ROSY rapid smoke/obscurant system. Rheinmetall is also informing visitors about its active protection system (APS) offered by Rheinmetall company ADS at a time when the US Army is moving rapidly to field APS capabilities on European equipment sets. ADS’ distributed APS system is among the most advanced, tested and safe systems in the world and offers distinct advantages in technical maturity and safety for dismounted infantry operating alongside armoured vehicles.

Rheinmetall is furthermore showcasing its role as general contractor in a joint venture competing for two major German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) procurement projects: MoTaKo (mobile tactical communication) and MoTIV (mobile tactical information system). The two projects are destined to form the backbone of the Bundeswehr’s future digital command and control system.


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