BERLIN — A subsidiary of Germany’s Rheinmetall, a specialist maker of automotive parts and defense equipment, intends to produce up to 1,200 Fuch-type armored vehicles for Algeria, Der Spiegel said Nov. 11.
According to the Nov. 12 edition of the weekly, which quoted government sources, the German government believes the Rheinmetall subsidiary will produce 1,200 armored vehicles in Algeria over the next 10 years.
Der Spiegel recalled that the German government had given its approval in early 2011 for the delivery of 54 armored vehicles of this kind for a total order of 195 million euros ($248 million). It also agreed the delivery of all-terrain vehicles for 286 million euros.
Rheinmetall racked up nearly 4 million euros in sales in 2011, including half in defense.
Arms sales are regularly the subject of intense debate in Germany.