Romanian-German Partnership for Manufacturing Armored Vehicles for the Army
(Source: Romarm, National Company for Military Technique; issued Nov 28, 2016)
Romania’s state-owned defense industry has teamed up with Germany’s Rheinmetall to improve and locally produce its 8x8 armored personnel carrier, the Saur 2
Uzina Automecanica Moreni and Rheinmetall Landsysteme signed the Shareholders’ Agreement for establishing a Romanian-German joint-venture company for manufacturing 8×8 amphibious armored vehicles within the national defense industry, Romanian Military Vehicle Systems S.A., company where each shareholder owns 50% of the registered capital.

The ceremony took place on 22nd November 2016, at the National Military Circle, with the occasion of the presentation of the Law for National Defense Industry, promulgated by the Romanian President, Klaus Johannis, in the presence of vice-prime minister Costin Borc, Minister of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment and of the Minister of National Defense, Mihnea Motoc.

The manufacturing of the new 8×8 armored vehicles for troops is based on technological and know-how cooperation between the Romanian factory, the traditional producer of armored vehicles for the armed forces, and the foreign partner.

The two partner companies aim to manufacture the new 8×8 amphibious vehicles in Romania, but also that the new equipment fully satisfy the operational requirements of the Romanian soldiers, the initiative coming as a response in the context of the endowment needs of the Ministry of National Defense regarding armored vehicles.

“We consider that it is extremely important to be able to offer to the Army an armored vehicle made in the country, taking into account multiple strategic and economic reasons. The manufacturing of the vehicle by CN Romarm based on a joint venture with a renowned company as Rheinmetall makes possible the development of the national experience in this domain and the development of the national industry horizontally, while from the economic-social perspective it will generate working places, additional revenue for the state budget and social insurance budget, new technologies for the factories, as well as less costs for maintenance for the entire life cycle.

“Surely this is a key moment in revitalizing the national defense industry and we hope for the series production to start soon”, declared Neculai Banea, state secretary for defense industry at the Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment.

Present at the event, the representatives of Rheinmetall Landsysteme thanked for the trust and highlighted that the objective of Rheinmetall is to integrate the best technology available for the project to perform as expected.

Vice-prime minister Costin Borc and the Minister of National Defense, Mihnea Motoc, saluted the initiative and pointed out that this is an important step for manufacturing in Romania an armored vehicle that meets the needs and requirements of the armed forces.

At the event, there were present also the Chief of General Staff, general Nicolae Ciuca, the Deputy Chief of Armaments, general major Cătălin-Adrian Moraru, as well as representatives of the forces of the national defense system, of authorities, of defense industry and of trade unions.

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