Rheinmetall Defence UK Limited
Rheinmetall Defence UK Limited was formed in 2009 to establish a presence in the UK defence market. This has included engagement in the Warrior CSP project, DSG sale and the AJAX project; where Rheinmetall fabricates the turret citadel. The business’ focus is now the Challenger 2 LEP project and fulfilling the UK Hub function.
Rheinmetall Defence UK is based in Bristol with 45 staff and a turnover of £7M. It has established core competencies in project management and armoured vehicle technologies.
The company's presence in UK encompasses the Rheinmetall Group and its five divisions:
Mechadyne International Ltd, based in Oxfordshire, was acquired by Rheinmetall Automotive in July 2012. Mechadyne undertakes research, design, development and patents advanced variable valve train technologies for internal combustion engines. It has a turnover of £3.3M and employs 26 staff. It’s key markets are vehicle and engine manufacturers in the USA, Europe and Asia.
As a new Joint Venture, Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land Limited (RBSL) combines Rheinmetall’s military vehicles technology and products, with the capabilities and products from BAE Systems, including Trojan, Terrier, Warrior, military bridging and the AS90 self-propelled artillery system.
Rheinmetall acquired RFEL Ltd, an SME located on the Isle of Wight, in 2009. RFEL is a technology company providing high specification signal and video processing products to government, defence and security customers. The product range focusses on vehicle situational awareness, long range surveillance and electronic warfare/ cyber applications. RFEL has a staff of 30, and a turnover of £3.5M.
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles UK Ltd (RMMV UK) was formed in 2013 to take over the UK MOD Support Vehicle Through Life Support contract. Arrangements are now in place to novate the MOD contract from MAN Truck & Bus UK to RMMV UK on the 1st April 2018. RMMV UK, based in Bristol, will have 17 staff and a turnover of £15M.
Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH is an established participant in the UK market with two staff supplying a range of munitions to the UK MOD through the MASS contract. There are established B2B relationships with BAE Systems for the supply of propellant and both companies are currently collaborating on two UK artillery ammunition tenders. In addition, Rheinmetall has recently let a £3M contract to BAE Systems for the manufacture of artillery shell bodies to satisfy a German government order.
RTP-UK Ltd was established by Rheinmetall Technical Publications GmbH in 2008 to develop a UK support business for aerospace and defence projects. Clients include global aerospace companies with local facilities such as Airbus, Safran, Dowty and General Electric as well as support for various Rheinmetall projects internationally. It has a turnover of more than £7M and employs 60 people in Bristol.