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Rheinmetall As a Bundeswehr Strategic Partner for Deployed Operational Support

Establishes New Company for New Line of Business

Rheinmetall has won a four year contract from the Bundeswehr – with three one-year extension options – to provide deployed operational support, the company announced on 17 September.

Henceforth, the Germany armed forces will be able to count on a reliable partner to set up, operate and, when necessary, dismantle operational infrastructure. Rheinmetall is one of three companies selected by the Bundeswehr to serve as a strategic partner for deployed operations support. Selection of partners took place within the framework of the ‘German Armed Forces Contractor Augmentation Programme (G-CAP), which project requires private sector service providers to supply troop support services during deployed operations. In adopting such a policy, the Bundeswehr is following a global trend: many other armed forces rely on service providers to perform such tasks. Experts estimate that global sales for these services are worth around €350 billion annually.

Rheinmetall is positioning itself to address this growing international market and has established a company for this purpose, Rheinmetall Project Solutions GmbH, which will consolidate and develop resources and capabilities necessary for operational support of this kind and seek to provide services on a long-term basis. This new business area will operate in close collaboration with Rheinmetall Canada, whose special technological know-how is set to expand internationally.

In addition to the G-CAP framework agreement, Rheinmetall Project Solutions recently won a service contract for round-the-clock monitoring of a forward operating base using a tethered surveillance aerostat.

G-CAP is primarily intended to relieve the troops and let private industry set up the operational infrastructure, thus enabling the Bundeswehr to conserve resources and focus on its core mission in high-threat situations. Deployed operations support is a core capability, ranging from the establishment of forward operating bases to the creation of permanent operational infrastructure. This includes, for example, accommodation, water supply, power generation, rations and mess halls, waste disposal and laundry services.

A schematic illustrating the scope of the G-CAP vision. (Image via Rheinmetall)

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