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American Rheinmetall To Support US Army Modernisation

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American Rheinmetall Systems attains significant investment in technology to support US Army modernisation efforts.


Press Release, Düsseldorf, 24 January 2022: American Rheinmetall Systems, Biddeford, ME, is pleased to announce a multi-million dollar investment in the company’s strategic plan to support US Army combat vehicle modernisation priorities with advanced combat vehicle mission systems technologies. The company will be growing its workforce particularly in advanced engineering segments as well as bringing new industrial capability to further develop and ultimately deliver those technologies from their facility.

American Rheinmetall Systems will bring to the market next-generation situational awareness and fire control systems by leveraging existing Rheinmetall turret technologies that are currently in production for several Allied nations. This enables them to deliver advanced, highly competitive combat vehicle mission systems solutions fully from their Maine facility—which positions them to support high priority technology needs of the US Army across the Army’s combat vehicle modernisation strategy.

American Rheinmetall Systems will be positioned to support fellow Rheinmetall affiliate American Rheinmetall Vehicles, Sterling Heights, MI, which is currently performing in Phase 2 of the Army’s OMFV programme and is expected to compete in future phases. The OMFV programme seeks to select a replacement for the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). American Rheinmetall Systems will also engage with other vehicle providers in support of additional priority Army modernisation programmes.

With this significant investment, American Rheinmetall Systems will add systems and software engineers to its Biddeford team, transfer base turret technology from Germany and the UK, and establish systems integration capabilities within its facility; becoming fully capable of design, production, and support of turret fire control systems for the US market. Additionally, they will specialise in 360° situational awareness technologies, AI-based target detection and recognition, imaging processing, and interoperability with supporting open system architectures that enable the rapid insertion of technology in the modern era of fast-paced innovation.

”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,” said Brad Hittle, American Rheinmetall Systems’ President & CEO. “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.”

American Rheinmetall Systems works alongside American Rheinmetall Munitions (Stafford, VA and Camden, AR) and American Rheinmetall Vehicles to deliver next-generation technologies to US customers across the full breadth of Rheinmetall’s global product portfolio. “American Rheinmetall is committed to being a partner to the US Army across many modernisation priorities and we are putting our commitment into action,” said Stephen Hedger, Head of US Business and CEO of overall US corporate parent American Rheinmetall Defense (Reston, VA). “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.”


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