KMW and Rheinmetall join forces with SAIC and Boeing in bid for the US Army’s ground combat vehicle programme — Press Release

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May 27, 2010

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KMW and Rheinmetall join forces with SAIC and Boeing in bid for the US Army’s ground combat vehicle programme

Munich/Düsseldorf (Germany), May 26th 2010. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall have concluded a cooperation agreement with the American companies Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] and The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] in order to tender a joint bid for the development contract for the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) programme of the United States Army.

This cooperation will see KMW and Rheinmetall acting as subcontractors with SAIC acting as the general contractor with regard to the procuring agencies. As the manufacturers of the Puma infantry fighting vehicle of the German Armed Forces, the most modern system of its kind in the world, KMW and Rheinmetall will be contributing their highly advanced expertise to this transatlantic partnership. The objective of the cooperation is to provide the American Army with absolute state-of-the-art technology, which characterizes the Puma.

The German-American partners will be bidding for the contract for the first of four phases to the GCV programme. In this development phase, the U.S. Army intends to award up to three contracts to different tendering companies, before drawing up a short list in subsequent steps for the actual solution to be realised. The Puma, which KMW and Rheinmetall have jointly developed for the German Armed Forces and will be delivering from late-2010, offers the series maturity expected by the U.S. Army.

In virtually every category the Puma satisfies the technical requirements of the GCV programme, even exceeding these significantly in key areas. In addition the system will be further developed for the United States Army to accommodate a total crew size of 3 three, plus nine soldiers, a 40mm gun and weigh a total of around 50 tons. With its high level of protection, its mobility and outstanding mission capability, this GCV response will – in the same way as the performance features of the Puma – also set new standards. Furthermore, the vehicles will be built in the United States.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG leads the European market for armoured wheeled and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA, some 3400 employees manufacture and support a product portfolio ranging from air-transportable, heavily armoured wheeled vehicles (MUNGO, AMPV*, DINGO, GFF4 and BOXER*) through reconnaissance, anti-aircraft and artillery systems (FENNEK, GEPARD, LeFlaSys*, Armoured Howitzer 2000, AGM and DONAR) to heavy battle tanks (LEOPARD 1 and 2), infantry fighting vehicles (PUMA*) and bridge-laying systems (LEGUAN).

In addition, KMW has wide-ranging system competence in the area of civil and military simulation, as well as in command and information systems and remote-controlled weapon stations with reconnaissance and observation equipment for day and night missions. The armed forces of more than 30 nations worldwide rely on the operational systems by KMW. Get more information on

* Joint venture with national and international partners Rheinmetall Defence is one of the world’s most trusted names in the international defense technology and security industry, with six divisions, including air defense, vehicle systems, weapons and ammunition, propellants, defense electronics as well as simulation and training technology. Its 9,300-strong workforce generated sales in 2009 of approximately €1.9 billion.

Rheinmetall Defence possesses a broad product base in the armored vehicle domain, most notably the Bundeswehr’s ultramodern Puma IFV, the recently upgraded Marder IFV, and the NBC Fox, the latter in service with the armed forces and law enforcement agencies of numerous nations, including the United States. Rheinmetall is also a major supplier of medium-caliber automatic cannon for aircraft, naval vessels and infantry fighting vehicles as well as the main armament of the Leopard 2 tank and the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer, including the accompanying ammunition.

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