Rheinmetall Group has two business units: Automotive and Defence, which are of similar size.

It is listed by SIPRI as being the world’s 26th largest arms company, with military equipment comprising 52% of its sales. Rheinmetall states that “Rheinmetall Defence and its divisions Weapon and Ammunition, Electronic Solutions and Vehicle Systems set the global standard for excellence in a wide array of disciplines: from vehicle, force protection and weapon systems to infantry equipment and air defence, and from network-enabled warfare capabilities to electro-optics and simulation technology.”

The company is based in Germany and operates in many other countries. Its UK businesses include Rheinmetall Defence UK, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles UK, RFEL and RTP-UK.

Rheimmetall has a major arms joint venture, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, with South African’s Denel. In 2016 Rheinmetall Denel Munition opened a factory in Saudi Arabia for the production of mortars, artillery shells and bombs.


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