Rheinmetall Secures Record Order for 155-mm Artillery Ammunition

by Roman Cheplyk
Thursday, June 20, 2024
Rheinmetall Secures Record Order for 155-mm Artillery Ammunition

Rheinmetall Secures Record Order for 155-mm Artillery Ammunition

This landmark contract, signed on June 20, marks a significant expansion of Rheinmetall's existing framework agreement and underscores the company's pivotal role in ammunition supply both domestically and internationally.

Key Details of the Contract

  • Contract Signing: The contract was signed by Annette Lenigk-Emden, President of the Bundeswehr's Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Technical Support (BAAINBw), along with representatives from Rheinmetall.

  • Scope and Purpose: The expanded contract aims to replenish Bundeswehr stocks and support allied nations, including direct assistance to Ukraine. The deliveries are slated to commence in early 2025, with Germany being the primary recipient, alongside contributions from partner countries such as the Netherlands, Estonia, and Denmark.

  • Initial Agreement: An initial agreement was also reached to ensure the capacity loading of a new plant in Unterluss, Germany, during its start-up phase.

Financial and Strategic Impact

  • Total Contract Value: The framework contract is valued at €8.5 billion, with an initial allocation of €880 million for the supply of 155-mm shells in various modifications. These deliveries are expected to begin in 2025.

  • Future Growth: Rheinmetall anticipates continued growth in orders in the coming years, reflecting the increasing demand for advanced artillery munitions.

CEO's Statement

Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall, expressed his satisfaction with this significant milestone:

"We are pleased with the largest order in the recent history of our company. This large-scale framework contract underlines Rheinmetall's leading role as a munitions supplier in Germany and our position as the world's largest producer of artillery munitions."

Related Developments

During the international defense industry exhibition Eurosatory, companies within JSC "Ukrainian Defense Industry" signed five partnership agreements. Additionally, Rheinmetall is set to develop a hybrid tank and air defense system to counter Russian missiles and drones for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.


Rheinmetall's record-breaking contract highlights the company's crucial role in modern defense, particularly in the realm of artillery munitions. This strategic expansion not only fortifies Germany's defense capabilities but also extends critical support to Ukraine and other allied nations, showcasing a unified approach to global security challenges.

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