BONN — Germany’s Rheinmetall has won a decisive share in a new project in the Middle East with a €475 million (US $635.6 million) order from an unnamed Arab country for subsystems and services for Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers.
Rheinmetall did not identify the customer country, but German press reports on the contract noted that German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) recently received an order from Qatar for about 62 Leopard 2 main battle tanks and 24 PzH 2000 howitzers, which are mounted on armored vehicles.
Rheinmetall will supply complete L55-type tank guns for more than 60 tanks, together with fire-control electronics and electro-optical sensors for the medium-caliber weapon station. In addition, it will manufacture the chassis and L52 main armament for more than 20 self-propelled howitzers, and supply a complete driver training vehicle.
The order includes 120mm ammunition for the Leopard and 155mm ammunition for the PzH 2000 in multiple variants, as well as MTLS modular propelling charges for the artillery system. The Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group also will be responsible for a spare parts package and special tools, plus training and documentation services.
Delivery will take place between 2015 and 2018.
Generally, KMW’s Leopard 2 is armed with Rheinmetall’s 120mm smoothbore gun and outfitted with its fire-control technology and C4I systems. The PzH 2000 is jointly produced by Rheinmetall Defence and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, with Rheinmetall responsible for roughly 50 percent.