In creating Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH Rheinmetall Defence brought under centralized, streamlined management an important part of its weapon and munitions's activities.
The company was formed by a step-by-step merger of Rheinmetall W&M GmbH, Mauser-Werke Oberndorf Waffensysteme GmbH, BUCK Neue Technologien GmbH, Pyrotechnik Silberhuette GmbH and NICO-Pyrotechnik Hanns-Jürgen Diederichs GmbH & Co. KG in 2004.
Rheinmetall Waffe Munition specializes in the development and production of large calibre weapon systems and ammunition, including (for example) the main armament of the Leopard 2, the world's top-performing tank and the SMArt 155 sensor-fuzed ammunition for the artillery.
Together with RWM Schweiz AG, the company also forms a centre of excellence for medium calibre automatic cannon, weapon systems and ammunition. Its chief products include vehicle-mounted weapons, aircraft cannon, naval guns and ammunition, as well as ammunition for antiaircraft systems.
Furthermore, protection systems and pyrotechnics are part of the RWM range of products, rounded off by the range of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition Arges GmbH. These include, for example, the Mass naval countermeasures system, which is already in service worldwide, as well as practice ammunition, 40 mm ammunition, non-lethal agents, flash and stun grenades (used by numerous SWAT teams), and other pyrotechnics.
In addition, the product range is rounded out by a wide array of services, like training courses for operating and maintenance, ammunition recycling and life cycle services which become more and more important.
At Unterluess (northern Germany) and Ochsenboden (Switzerland), Rheinmetall has at its disposal the largest and best-equipped private-sector proving grounds in Europe. On behalf of the company's domestic and foreign customers, systems and components are subjected to comprehensive testing at both proving grounds, while defence technology quality inspections are carried out during all stages of the product development process.
Systems & Products
The range of products and services of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition encompasses:
Smoothbore guns for main battle tanks
Ammunition for main battle tanks
Light naval gun systems
Medium calibre ammunition
Sensor fused ammunition
Mortar weapon systems
40 mm ammunition
Illumination and signal devices
Coloured and screening smoke
Naval multi ammunition softkill systems
Airborne advanced flares
Light vehicle protection systems
Multispectral smoke grenades
High-performance microwave technology
Protection systems for facilities and installations
Ammunition recycling and disposal facilities
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