Rheinmetall AG has confirmed that the company is in the process of acquiring German UAV manufacturer EMT as part of Rheinmetall’s broader digitisation strategy.
Rheinmetall and EMT have announced that the acquisition is expected to come into effect from December 2021 through an asset deal, though the agreement is currently pending approval from Germany's primary competition authorities.
Founded in 1978, EMT Ingenieurgesellschaft Dipl.-Ing. Hartmut Euer mbH specialises in the development and maintenance of unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance missions. Currently, EMT is working with the German Bundeswehr to integrate their new LUNA NG reconnaissance system into the German military.
The LUNA NG capability is a C4ISTAR communications and reconnaissance tool, supporting the ongoing digitisation of the German military including manned and unmanned teaming and the integration of AI capabilities.
According to Rheinmetall, once approved by the competition authorities, the LUNA NG system will leverage Rheinmetall’s expertise in the field and enable Rheinmetall to offer their existing clientele enhanced C4ISTAR capabilities.
The acquisition will further bolster Rheinmetall’s core technology capabilities by enabling the company to co-ordinate networked digital communications and reconnaissance offerings for Germany’s armed forces, as well as their allies.
To achieve this, Rheinmetall will acquire all of EMT’s capabilities and knowledge while maintaining their four offices in Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein though integrated into Rheinmetall’s larger workforce.
The announcement comes just days after Rheinmetall AG confirmed its acquisition of Zeppelin Mobile Systeme GmbH, with the company expected to be integrated into Rheinmetall subsidiary Rheinmetall Project Solutions GmbH.
Zeppelin specialises in the development of containers and shelters for use in crisis zones, primarily for use within mobile medical facilities with both civil and military applications. Zeppelin’s structures are developed specially in accordance with the requirements from the the company's customers.
Supported by Zeppelin’s 90 employees and production facilities, Rheinmetall hopes that the company’s expertise will help broaden Rheinmetall’s offerings in the market, including providing capabilities to support the development, construction and management of forward operating bases for deployed forces.
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