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Rheinmetall invests in US combat vehicle program

Rheinmetall invests in US combat vehicle program

The company has committed new funding to bolster its strategic push to support the modernisation of US combat vehicles.

The company has committed new funding to bolster its strategic push to support the modernisation of US combat vehicles.

American Rheinmetall Systems has announced a multimillion-dollar investment in its strategic plan to support US Army combat vehicle modernisation priorities with advanced combat vehicle mission systems technologies.

The company plans to bolster its workforce across advanced engineering segments while also enhancing industrial capability to develop and deliver supporting technologies.


The investment aims to deliver next-generation situational awareness and fire control systems capability to the market, leveraging existing turret technologies in production for several Allied nations.

American Rheinmetall Systems is expected to position itself to support Rheinmetall affiliate American Rheinmetall Vehicles, currently performing in Phase 2 of the Army’s OMFV program, designed to find a replacement for the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The company is set to onboard new systems and software engineers to its Biddeford team, while also transferring base turret technology from Germany and the UK, and establishing systems integration capabilities within its facility.

This is expected to involve specialisation in 360° situational awareness technologies, AI-based target detection and recognition, imaging processing, and interoperability with supporting open system architectures.

“This investment in American Rheinmetall Systems’ growing US electronics business is a clear indication of Rheinmetall’s overall commitment to being an exceptional partner in meeting the US Army’s modernisation priorities,” Brad Hittle, American Rheinmetall Systems’ president and CEO, said.

 “We will be adding 10 to 15 high-level engineering jobs in Maine, as well as industrialising locally to offer world-class solutions for the Army’s next-generation vehicle technology requirements.”

Stephen Hedger, head of US business and CEO of overall US corporate parent American Rheinmetall Defense, added, “American Rheinmetall is committed to being a partner to the US Army across many modernisation priorities and we are putting our commitment into action,” he said.

 “This is a historic moment for Army modernisation, and American Rheinmetall is meeting the moment with advanced technology, new jobs and expanded industrial capability to ensure US soldiers have the edge for decades to come.”

[Related: Rheinmetall wins mortar modernisation contract]

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