May 13, 2023
Initial focus on military vehicles Rheinmetall and the Ukraine’s state-owned Ukroboronprom have entered a strategic cooperation agreement. Cooperation between the two organizations is intended to strengthen Ukraine’s defence industry and ultimately its national security through the step-by-step creation of joint defence technology capabilities that will be domiciled in Ukraine.
Under this agreement, Ukraine will benefit from a comprehensive transfer of technology, the creation of additional defence technology capacities in Ukraine, additional local valued added, and the short-term delivery of military equipment from Germany.
A cooperation agreement to this effect has now been signed by both parties. To begin with – subject to official approval – a joint venture will be set up to serve as a bridge between Rheinmetall and Ukraine’s existing state-owned defence sector. Closing is scheduled for the end of June 2023, and the joint venture is expected to be operational from mid-July 2023.
In the words of Rheinmetall chief executive Armin Papperger, “Meeting Ukraine’s urgent needs in its fight for freedom and democracy as quickly as possible is a matter of central importance to us at Rheinmetall. Thanks to its expertise and capabilities, Rheinmetall has what it takes to be a valuable and powerful partner to Ukraine both in the short term and in the long run. We are pleased to have Ukroboronprom, led by Yuriy Husyev, as a very capable and trustworthy partner at our side.”
Armin Papperger with a view to Ukraine’s defensive struggle: “We are proud that Germany is doing everything it can to help the people of Ukraine – be it in the form of humanitarian aid, financial support or military equipment. Here, Rheinmetall works closely with the German government, assuring that help reaches Ukraine as quickly and efficiently as possible. In times of change, we take responsibility by doing our part to secure peace in Europe.”
Yuriy Husyev, General Director Ukroboronprom: “I am honoured to set up the joint venture between one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the defence industry, Rheinmetall, and leading full scale operating Ukrainian defence producer, which increased the production of military equipment and armored vehicles despite of numerous Russian missiles attacks, the State Concern Ukroboronprom. Already working 24/7 for the victory, Ukroboronprom can do even more while having such a partner as Rheinmetall. We are thankful to Rheinmetall for their willingness to help us defeat Russia. We will do all our best to make this cooperation useful to defence forces of Ukraine as soon as possible.”
As a first step, the maintenance and repair of vehicles transferred to Ukraine under the German government’s multilateral “Ringtausch” equipment exchange projects as well as those directly supplied to Ukraine will form the foundation for cooperation.
In later phases, based on a comprehensive transfer of technology, the cooperation partners intend to jointly produce selected Rheinmetall products in Ukraine. Looking ahead, cooperation between Rheinmetall and Ukroboronprom could also involve the joint development of military systems by teams of Ukrainian and German specialists, including for subsequent export from Ukraine.
About Rheinmetall Headquartered in Düsseldorf, Rheinmetall AG is an integrated technology enterprise. It consists of five divisions: Vehicle Systems; Weapon and Ammunition; Electronic Solutions; Sensors and Actuators; and Materials and Trade. With some 28,000 employees working at 132 locations worldwide, the Group generated sales in 2022 of €6.4 billion. As well as being one of the world’s foremost defence contractors, Rheinmetall is a powerful force for technological and industrial innovation in its civilian markets. A strong orientation to sustainability is an integral part of Rheinmetall strategy.
About Ukroboronprom Ukroboronprom is a state-owned Ukrainian defence group with 65,000 employees, active among other things in the production and maintenance of armoured vehicles, missiles and artillery, as well radar and aircraft production. Since the very first days of war with Russia, Ukroboronprom has been working around the clock to meet the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces
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This cooperation is momentous and crucial for both corporate entities and countries.
With the more than one hundred years of experience in arms production by Rheinmetall and Ukroboronprom’s current avalanche of information and knowledge gained from the full-scale invasion, working closely together, they could become one of the world’s top arms maker. Of course, this will greatly benefit Ukraine in its current effort to cleanse the country from the gang of murderers and, in the future, to keep them out. It will also benefit Germany and its allies, being better able to offer more top-rated military equipment.
Another noteworthy message that this sends out is the high rate of confidence that Rheinmetall has in both Ukroboronprom and Ukraine, otherwise it would never take such significant steps of working with and in Ukraine. Since such a cooperation entails lots of time, energy and money, it seems that Rheinmetall is 100% certain of a Ukrainian victory.
Yes, it’s heartwarming!
As we hope and expect, there will be a free Ukraine this year. However, a demonic neighbour remains and so Ukraine needs lots and lots of heavy metal, home-produced long-range fires and an air defence system that is world class.
In cooperation with Rheinmetall and using their newfound experiences, I think that this goal is within reach, Scradge.