Rheinmetall to Supply Wiesel 2 Mobile Command Post for German SOF
Rheinmetall to Supply Wiesel 2 Mobile Command Post for German
Düsseldorf, Germany -- (Rheimettal
DeTec AG) -- July 8, 2004 --
Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH of Kiel has been awarded a contract to supply the
German Army with 32 airportable "Wiesel 2 Mobile Command Post" light armoured
vehicles. The contract is worth some €31 million. These high-tech vehicles will
be delivered over a two-year period starting mid 2005.
The "Wiesel 2 Mobile Command Post" for Special Operations Forces
The recently concluded contract includes an option for a further 16 vehicles for
delivery in 2008. Back in April 2004, Rheinmetall Landsysteme, a subsidiary of
the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall DeTec group, had already received a €4
million-order for four Wiesel 2 vehicle configured for combat engineer
The network-supported capabilities of the "Wiesel 2 Mobile Command Post" will
enable the German Army's Special Operations Forces to carry out specific
decentralised command tasks and computer-supported operations, as well as
assuring the flow of information to other command elements. This will be the
sixth version of the highly versatile Wiesel 2 to be delivered to the Bundeswehr
In line with its mission, the latest variant of the Wiesel will be packed with
state-of-the-art electronics. Transportable by air using a CH 53 G cargo
helicopter as well as offer high mobility in all types of terrain, the Wiesel 2
meets the key requirement of rapid deployability.
The combat engineer reconnaissance version of the Wiesel 2 – already in the
process of being fielded – and the future mobile command post system will plug a
gap in the capabilities spectrum of the airmobile forces of the Bundeswehr,
which have since been consolidated in the Division of Special Operations (DSO).
The vehicles will be produced at Rheinmetall Landsysteme's Unterlüß plant, thus
making a key contribution to capacity utilisation and the preservation of the
company's highly developed expertise in this field. The contract also
encompasses the manufacture and supply of special tools, training materials and
spare parts, as well as the creation of an interactive electronic technical
documentation (IETD) system.
Rheinmetall Landsysteme is one of the world's leading makers of tracked and
wheeled armoured vehicles, NBC reconnaissance systems and comprehensive armour
and protection concepts. Having already supplied some 8,000 tracked and wheeled
armoured vehicles – among them the Fuchs/Fox, Wiesel and Luchs – Rheinmetall
Landsysteme can point to unsurpassed experience and expertise in its field.
For more information, please contact:
Rheinmetall DeTec AG,
(Defence) Press and Information, Oliver Hoffmann: Tel.: +49-(0)211-473 4748 --
Fax: +49-(0)211-473 4157