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Kodiak steps up for German combat engineering role

12th May 2021 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The German Army will receive 44 Kodiak armoured engineering vehicles. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

The German Army has ordered 44 armoured engineering vehicles from Rheinmetall, to be delivered by 2029.

German defence procurement agency BAAINBw has ordered the Kodiak armoured engineering vehicle from Rheinmetall in a contract worth about €295 million ($358 million).

The Budget Committee of the German Parliament approved the procurement on 14 April, but a contract has now been signed, Rheinmetall announced on 12 May.

The company will manufacture and deliver 44 vehicles. ‘The first system is due to roll off the assembly line in 2023, with delivery to be complete by 2029,’ Rheinmetall stated, adding that the order includes additional products and services for training, logistics and in-service support.

Based on a Leopard 2 tank chassis and powered by a 1,100kW engine, Kodiak features a three-part excavator arm and front-mounted winch system.

The vehicle is also equipped with a 76mm smoke/obscurant grenade launcher and the Rheinmetall ‘Natter’ remote weapon station, which can be armed with either a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun, or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

Other armies to operate Kodiak include the Netherlands (ten vehicles, according to Shephard Defence Insight), Singapore (13), Sweden (six) and Switzerland (12).

‘In addition to the Bundeswehr, a number of other European and NATO nations have recently expressed an interest in the system,’ Rheinmetall added. 

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