Rheinmetall wins business in Kuwait, Malaysia for air and missile defences

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Posted:  01/22/2013  12:00:00 AM EST
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Rheinmetall has announced that it has signed off three deals in the Middle East and Asia worth £235 million for its air defence hardware and services.

Rheinmetall will be equipping Malaysia with a total of twelve fire control radars (TMX/EO Mk2) and six electro-optical systems (TMEO Mk2) for six new patrol boats. The order also includes a technology transfer to Malaysia, which will enable local industry to take an active part in the project. Delivery of the systems will commence in 2015 and continue through to 2020.

One other unnamed Asian customer has selected the Oerlikon Skyshield to serve as a stationary air defence system for protecting its air force installations. The recently concluded framework contract encompasses six systems and the accompanying ammunitions and logistics, together with integrated MANPADS for surface-to-air missiles. The project is slated to run for three to four years, with the first delivered scheduled to take place in 2014.

Finally Kuwait has contracted Rheinmetall for the training and instructing of its operating crews. Under the Kuwaiti armed forces training project, Rheinmetall has been tasked with teaching the country’s air defence personnel to operate Rheinmetall-made air defence assets already in the Kuwaiti inventory.For many years, Kuwait has deployed 35mm Skyguard systems from Rheinmetall Air Defence to protect critical infrastructure from aerial threats.

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