Rheinmetall AG has won an important order in connection with a significant NATO main battle tank project. On 17 February 2023 the Norwegian procurement agency NDMA contracted with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to supply the Norwegian armed forces with 54 of the latest version of Leopard 2 main battle tank, the A7 NOR. An option exists for a further 18 tanks.
In its capacity as subcontractor to KMW, the Düsseldorf-based tech enterprise Rheinmetall has been tasked with supplying key components. Among other things, these include the tank’s 120mm L55A1main armament, fire control technology and parts of the sensor suite.
For Rheinmetall, the total value of the order comes to €129 million. If Norway exercises the option to procure additional Leopard 2 tanks, the order will be worth an additional €44 million.
The tank guns, fire control technology and sensors for the Leopard 2 will be delivered to KMW over a period of approximately four years.
After the completion and commissioning of the tanks at KMW, the vehicles will be transferred to the Norwegian procurement agency NDMA.
The order underscores Rheinmetall’s unsurpassed expertise in the development and production of key components for fighting vehicles. As a subcontractor of KMW, Rheinmetall has already taken part in the delivery of Leopard 2 A5, A6, and A7 main battle tanks prior to the Norwegian 2 NOR program.
Umair Aslam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defense journalist reporting on military modernization programs, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, and the South Asian Arms race.