The initiative is aimed at ensuring a consistent supply of munitions to Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict. Armin Papperger, the CEO of Rheinmetall, highlighted the urgency and efficiency of the project, contrasting it with traditional timelines where such an endeavor would have taken a decade, now being expedited to a matter of months.
This development comes as a response to German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius's remarks on the "pre-war regime" of the German arms industry, which he cited as a reason for the slow weapon supplies to Ukraine. Papperger acknowledged positive shifts in the government's approach to military procurement, noting the significant increase in orders and framework agreements from the federal government to Rheinmetall, both for the German military and Ukraine. The company expects to see these orders rise to at least 15 billion euros in the current year, following last year's agreements worth over 10 billion euros.