New Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land JV established
Rheinmetall and BAE Systems have officially established their new UK-based joint venture (JV) for military vehicle design, manufacture and support.
Known as Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), it will be headquartered in Telford in the West Midlands, and is expected to sustain some 450 jobs across the UK.
RBSL intends to play a major role in manufacturing the Boxer 8x8 for the British Army's Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme and other strategic combat vehicle programmes, while also providing support to the British Army's in-service bridging and armoured vehicle fleets, it said.
‘This announcement is a clear vote of confidence in the UK's defence industry as a world-leader in designing, supplying and supporting military vehicles,’ Penny Mordaunt, UK defence secretary, said.
‘This exciting venture clearly demonstrates how defence sits at the heart of the prosperity agenda. Its benefits will be felt in the West Midlands and across the UK defence supply chain, creating jobs, boosting exports and guaranteeing our technical skills base into the future.’
UK government regulatory approval for the joint venture was granted on 13 June 2019.
RBSL will draw on Rheinmetall's broader military vehicle technologies combined with the additional capabilities and systems brought to the JV by BAE Systems' Land UK business, which includes Trojan, Terrier, Warrior, military bridging and the AS90 self-propelled artillery system.
RBSL will have the potential to create hundreds of additional UK jobs, both in Telford and the wider supply chain, the company added.
Peter Hardisty, formerly of Rheinmetall UK, has been appointed as managing director of the new company.
‘RBSL is a new business drawing on the significant strengths and expertise of both BAE Systems Land UK and Rheinmetall,’ Hardisty noted.
‘Our employees in Telford, Bristol, and Washington (UK) have a valuable skill set and extensive experience in combat vehicle engineering. With new orders, we shall be able to sustain these capabilities and expand over the coming years, seeking new opportunities in the UK and overseas.’
The new management team that will lead RBSL also includes Carrie White who will be finance director and Phil Simon who will act as operations director, both of which join from BAE Systems.
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