Largest Ever Participation, Broadest Ever Solution Offerings
When you have a product line, a breadth of market and a deep well of experience, expertise and knowledge as great as those possessed by Rheinmetall, it is impossible to compress a sensible, all-embracing message into an announcement shorter than the Treaty of Pilnitz! Nonetheless, the company has made a valiant effort below to highlight some of the more alluring aspects of its presence at the biennial exhibition in Paris next week – a presence that will be the largest the company has ever had at Eurosatory.
Innovations on show at Eurosatory include:
- Future Tanknology – the KF51 main battle tank, with a 130mm main armament, will be launched on 13 June, setting new standards in lethality, survivability, mobility, networkability and reconnaissance;
- Technology Cube: now, more than ever, defence systems are developed in close coordination with their future users, and the Rheinmetall Technology Cube exploits cutting-edge technology, including augmented reality, to conduct a dialogue with users and procurement officials when developing next-generation combat vehicles. The aim is to rethink the future together – by integrating new kinds of drives, sensors, and subsystems into fully digitised, scalable vehicle platform concepts;
- Airborne vehicle family: in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz and ACS Armoured Car Systems, Rheinmetall now offers a versatile, high mobility 4×4 vehicle family – debuting at the show – specifically designed for light, airmobile and special operations units;
- Natter RCWS: thanks to high-performance sensors, modularity and independent stabilisation, the Natter (Adder) – a member of Rheinmetall’s new family of RCWS – features excellent reconnaissance and engagement capabilities. Various versions make it possible to arm tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles with a wide spectrum of effectors, ranging from light machineguns to medium-calibre cannon;
- Unmanned systems and robotics: for the first time, Rheinmetall will be presenting the newly-developed LUNA NG (Next Generation) UAV, designed for unmanned aerial reconnaissance, classification, and recognition of objects in real time, and will show how various integrated, unmanned air-supported reconnaissance systems can reinforce the sensors of ground platforms, and improve overall situational awareness. The Robotics-L walking robot and Mission Master models SP and XT demonstrate how robotics is already changing the modern battlefield. Robotics-L can conduct reconnaissance missions, while Mission Master SP is configured for cargo transport and the XT for a fire support role, with a launcher for loitering munitions;
- Loitering munitions: combining the characteristics of drones and guided missiles, these systems enhance the ability of even small units to reconnoitre target zones from above, coupled with standoff, high-precision target engagement – Rheinmetall and partner UVision are cooperating in marketing the Hero family of loitering munitions in Europe and will be exhibiting concepts for integrating the devices into existing armoured vehicles.
In addition to these debuts, Rheinmetall will also highlight a number of other products and projects:
HX3 vehicle family: the new HX3 vehicle generation features improved protection and mobility, greater driving comfort and a digital interface architecture, assuring increased operational flexibility and abundant scope for future performance upgrades. On display will be the self-propelled howitzer mounted on a high mobility HX 10×10 chassis;
Air defence: mobile, modular, and scalable, ground-based air defence systems are gaining new importance and Rheinmetall will display a Boxer 8×8 configured for air defence, with the Sykranger 30 turret and an integrated SAM missile launcher. Also on show will be the Skynex air defence system, consisting of a 35mm Mk3 Revolver Gun, Multi Sensor Unit with AESA radar, and a Control Node 1 command centre, with a high-energy laser functioning as a future effector;
Force protection: Rheinmetall’s comprehensive expertise in the field of force protection ranges from individual passive ballistic solutions to advanced stand-off active protection systems for combat vehicles. Visitors to Eurosatory 2022 can inspect Rheinmetall’s StrikeShield, an integrated hybrid module for vehicles, that combines active and passive protection technology;
Digitized battlefield: with all the knowledge necessary for networking multiple entities on the digital battlefield of the future, Rheinmetall will show how the interplay of sensors, effectors and human-machine interfaces can lift the ‘fog of war,’ and will also be showcasing the current configuration of its Gladius 2.0 soldier system, demonstrating how it can be networked with manned and unmanned vehicles and subsystems;
As if all this were not enough – Rheinmetall will also use the opportunity afforded by the return of the Eurosatory live event to showcase its comprehensive expertise in practically every other capability category: weapons and ammunition for threat-commensurate, scalable application of force; innovative, networkable sensor systems for applications on land, at sea and in the air; and high-performance simulation technology for top-of-the-line training.