Rheinmetall Landsysteme to Supply Switzerland with 25 Armoured Recovery Vehicles
(Source : Rheinmetall Landsysteme AG ; issued Dec. 20, 2001)
Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH of Kiel has received a major order to supply the Swiss Army with 25 BPz Büffel armoured recovery vehicles. The contract, signed in Bern on December 19th 2001 with the Swiss procurement authorities (Gruppe Rüstung), is worth around EUR 71 million.
Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall DeTec AG of Ratingen, Germany, the defence technology arm of the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall group.
Delivery of the armoured recovery vehicles, which are based on a Leopard 2 chassis, is scheduled for 2004-2005. The vehicles will be assembled in Rheinmetall Landsysteme production facilities. According to the terms of a direct co-production agreement, the Swiss defence industry will be responsible for a 10.5% share of the manufacturing process.
The decision to opt for this highly advanced armoured recovery vehicle from the family of Leopard 2 combat support systems will close a gap in the Swiss Army's operational spectrum.
The armed forces of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany, Sweden and Spain have all introduced this armoured recovery vehicle into the inventories or will do so shortly.
The product of a merger between the companies Henschel Wehrtechnik, KUKA Wehrtechnik and MaK System Gesellschaft, Rheinmetall Landsysteme is characterised by a broad spectrum of expertise and longstanding experience.
The company's range of products encompasses the following systems:
--NBC reconnaissance systems (NBC Spürfuchs)
--Comprehensive armour concepts (add-on armour and protection against antitank mines)
--Heavy armoured fighting vehicles
--Heavy armoured combat support vehicles and kits
--Light armoured tracked and wheeled vehicles
--Ammunition transport systems
--Mine detection and mine clearing systems (Keiler, Rhino)
--Command and reconnaissance systems
--Leopard 1, Leopard 2, Leopard 1+2 support vehicles, the Keiler mine-clearing tank, Fuchs, Luchs, Marder and Wiesel.
The roughly 8,000 tracked and wheeled vehicles already delivered to customers in thirty countries bear ample witness to the outstanding know-how and technological lead of Rheinmetall Landsysteme.