Rheinmetall wins munitions plant engineering contract

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has signed a contract with a longstanding existing customer for munitions plant work. The more than R200 million contract will cover the upgrade of the customer’s existing facility.

Rheinmetall Group subsidiary Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has won a 13 million euro plant engineering contract. The contract encompasses modernisation of an existing production facility belonging to an established, longstanding customer. Due to begin shortly, the project is to be complete in 2021. Given its highly developed capabilities in plant engineering, the South Africa-based company enables customers and partners in over thirty countries around the world to produce an extremely wide array of ordnance and demilitarised products safely and effectively.

“We are proud of being able to meet the localisation requirements of our many partners worldwide, and of helping to create sovereign capabilities. This strengthens our relationship and long-term partnership with clients around the globe,” explains Jan-Patrick Helmsen, CEO of Rheinmetall Denel Munition.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Plant Engineering unit possesses globally acknowledged expertise in the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of process equipment and turn-key industrial manufacturing plants. In addition, Rheinmetall Denel Munition offers courses in explosives engineering as well as training in the characteristics and behaviour of explosives and their safe utilisation. The company thus provides valuable services to the military ordnance and commercial explosives industries. These competencies are supported by Rheinmetall’s global reputation as a manufacturer of ammunition and related systems and technologies.

The contract falls under RDM’s Plant Engineering portfolio, which has established facilities in more than 30 countries across the world. RDM said it boasts “world-renowned expertise in the design, manufacture, installation, and commissioning of process equipment and turnkey industrial manufacturing plants.”

Although RDM specialises in the production of medium and large calibre ammunition, a substantial part of its business is the construction of ammunition filling plants for export. For instance, Saudi Arabia in 2016 commissioned a munitions factory built by RDM in conjunction with Saudi Arabia’s military Industries Corporation. The following year RDM commissioned a plant in Egypt. This has the capability to fill a variety of munition products, including medium and large calibre ammunition through to aircraft bombs. It was established over a four-year period.

RDM typically builds two to three ammunition filling plants a year for export. The company has established ammunition filling plants in three dozen different countries over the last three decades.

RDM is 51%-owned by Rheinmetall Defence and 49% by South African State-owned defence group Denel.