Tracked Armoured Vehicles
In deployed operations, today's armed forces have to be able to move, shoot and communicate in a variety of very tough environments, posing major challenges to modern military vehicle systems. A whole host of threat scenarios, ranging from high-intensity conventional combat to post-conflict peacekeeping missions and the constant, incalculable risk of asymmetric attack, make having adequate force protection measures in place imperative.
Rheinmetall is one of Europe's leading suppliers of armoured tracked vehicle systems in all weight classes. The portfolio includes the Leopard, MBT Advanced Technology Demonstrator, the IFV Lynx, AEV 3 Kodiak, the LRV Wiesel, just to name a few.
Leopard – Main battle tank
Deployed by more nations than any other, the Leopard 2 of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) is the world's finest main battle tank. Its overwhelming combat performance, resulting from an optimum combination of firepower, protection, mobility and operational readiness, places the Leopard 2 in a class of its own. Crucially, it is armed with Rheinmetall's superb 120mm smoothbore gun. Rheinmetall also makes a comprehensive range of state-of-the art ammunition for the Leopard 2 as well as supplying the tank's fire control technology and C4I systems.
MBT Advanced Technology Demonstrator
The MBT Advanced Technology Demonstrator is deployable for all kind of missions and outstandingly superior in Firepower, Protection and Mobility. It is designed to fulfil all tasks in all thinkable scenarios of modern warfare: high intensity conflicts, peace keeping missions and counterinsurgency/ -terrorism operations, at all climate conditions and is fully night fighting capable. The MBT Advanced Technology Demonstrator is based on a maintained and repaired standard pre-owned MBT LEOPARD 2 A4, consists partly of different unchanged configurations with new additional integrated upgrades and enhancements.
Lynx – Infantry fighting vehicle
Four core capabilities characterize the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle: firepower, force protection, situational awareness and mobility. Agile, hard-hitting and highly protected, this state-of-the-art tracked armoured vehicle is destined to dominate the modern battlefield, lending itself to operations from peace enforcement to high-intensity combat.
Puma – Infantry fighting vehicle
Jointly produced by Rheinmetall Defence and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, the top-performing Puma infantry fighting vehicle is the most advanced system of its kind anywhere. Besides excellent modular protection, the Puma possesses a unique capacity for scalable lethality and the ability to take part in sophisticated network-enabled operations. This innovative IFV offers space for a nine-man crew and can be airlifted into remote areas of operation in the A400M military transport plane, fully meeting the requirement for maximum tactical and strategic mobility.
Marder – Infantry fighting vehicle
Combining excellent tactical mobility and impressive firepower with the ability to transport troops quickly and safely in high-threat areas of operation, the Marder infantry fighting vehicle is an outstanding modern weapons system. Tried and tested, its operationally proven design features a powerpack in the forward section and a centrally positioned turret; the fighting compartment is in the rear, with a generously dimensioned ramp for rapid entry and exit. Maintenance is straightforward. Moreover, the Marder is specially designed for ease of use and maximum dependability. Rheinmetall offers numerous possibilities for enhancing the vehicle's survivability, firepower and reconnaissance capabilities.
Wiesel 1 – Family of vehicles
Thanks to its outstanding flexibility, mobility and rapid availability on the ground, the Wiesel 1 vehicle family is ideal for supporting airmobile forces. These exceptionally versatile vehicles can be airlifted as underslung cargo or carried inside a CH-53 transport helicopter. The Wiesel 1 comes in TOW, MK 20 automatic cannon and recce versions, enabling it to perform a variety of tactical roles, including reconnaissance, C4I and security operations.
Wiesel 2 – Family of vehicles
An advanced version of the Wiesel 1 family, the Wiesel 2 has a roomier interior and a larger payload. This state-of-the-art family of vehicles can carry out a wide variety of missions, including reconnaissance, command and control, air defence and recovery and evacuation of wounded personnel. The Wiesel 2 is available in lightweight air defence, medivac, combat engineer reconnaissance and mobile command post versions.
Air-portable mortar combat system: reconnaissance, command, fire support
Tasked with an expanded mission spectrum, today's armed forces need an airmobile reconnaissance, command and fire support system that is quickly deployable, hard-hitting, robust and flexible – in short, a system that can conduct network-enabled fire missions at joint and coalition level. This system of systems is specifically designed to support infantry formations deployed in peace enforcement and crisis reaction operations, giving them an organic direct and indirect fire and antitank capability as well as integrated reconnaissance and battle management assets.
Bv206S – Lightly armoured air-portable all-terrain vehicle
The Bv206S is a high-mobility, lightly armoured, air-portable vehicle consisting of separate front and rear sections. These are connected and steered by a hydraulic articulated transmission and swivel joint. Owing to its steering system and wide rubber tracks, the Bv206S assures excellent mobility even in the toughest terrain. The German Bundeswehr operates several versions of the Bv206S, configured for medivac, mobile surgical, armoured personnel carrier and tactical operations centre roles.
Büffel – Armoured recovery vehicle 3
Armoured recovery vehicles are indispensable for keeping modern mechanized armies on the move. The Büffel 3 armoured recovery vehicle belongs to the Leopard 2 family of support vehicles. It plays a vital role in recovering heavy tracked vehicles as well as performing various repair tasks. Its well-balanced ballistic protection, fire extinguisher/suppression system, and NBC ventilation system assure a high degree of survivability and mission readiness.
Kodiak – Armoured engineer vehicle 3
The AEV3 Kodiak is a modern, multifunctional combat engineering system that meets the full range of technical and tactical requirements of today's armed forces. Built on a Leopard 2 chassis, including protection against landmines, the Kodiak is equipped with a hinged arm excavator with a quick-change device for mounting other tools. It also features an expandable bulldozer blade that can be replaced with a mine-clearing device if required. These components make the Kodiak ideal for erecting and overcoming battlefield obstacles.
Biber – Bridge-laying tank
The Biber bridge-laying tank continues to play a frontline role on the modern battlefield. Thanks to its horizontal laying system, the Biber can bridge natural and artificial obstacles in just two minutes, with no need for the crew to leave the safety of the fighting compartment. Four metres wide and 22 metres long, the resulting bridge can be recovered on either side of the obstacle. The effective span-width is 20 metres, meaning that the temporary two-part tank bridge is able to cross most barriers.
Keiler – Mine-clearing tank
The Keiler is the world's most reliable system for tactical mine clearing. Using a heavy-duty rotor-powered mine flail system, the Keiler clears lanes through minefields, assuring the mobility of friendly troops. The rotating mine-clearing elements plough up the ground in the vehicle's direction of march, causing concealed landmines to detonate. This results in a lane which enables other vehicles to traverse a minefield safely.
PzH 2000 – Self-propelled howitzer
The powerful PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer is the world's most advanced artillery system, capable of providing crucial fire support in a wide variety of operational scenarios. This unsurpassed weapons system combines long range – it can fire standard NATO rounds up to 30 or 40 km and engage targets at distances of up to 56 km with enhanced range munitions – with excellent battlefield mobility. Rugged and reliable, it has proven highly effective in action with the German and Dutch armies, etc. In the joint venture with the prime contractor Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Rheinmetall is responsible for about 50% of the PzH 2000.