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Renk targets US market with L3Harris Combat Propulsion Systems acquisition

1st March 2021 - 12:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

Pending deal positions German company for involvement in US Army modernisation programmes.

Transmission manufacturer Renk is to acquire the Combat Propulsion Systems (CPS) engine business and Magnet-Motor company from L3Harris Technologies for an undisclosed sum, the German company announced on 1 March.

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2021, subject to the usual regulatory approvals.

CPS engines in the AVDS-1790 family are installed on approximately 30,000 combat vehicles worldwide, with eight export customers according to Shephard Defence Insight.

In the US, the acquisition positions Renk in several programmes such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer (pictured), the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, the Multiple Launch Rocket System and the M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicle.

CPS has also been developing and delivering upgrades as part of spiral performance improvements for US Army modernisation.

Renk CEO Florian Hofbauer said the US armoured vehicle market has ‘sales prospects of around $10 billion annually’, adding that the acquisition of CPS ‘ideally positions us’ for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle programme.

Germany-based Magnet-Motor specialises in the development and design of high-performance electric power supplies and hybrid-drive systems. Renk stated that it is already working with the company on certain 'strategic programmes' to provide the next generation of hybrid-drive solutions.

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