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Rheinmetall is supporting the German government’s coronavirus response by supplying respiratory protection masks.

Thanks to its global networks, especially in China, Rheinmetall sourced urgently needed protective equipment.

Around a million Chinese-made masks will be supplied to the responsible Bundeswehr procurement authorities in Koblenz.

With a partner company, Rheinmetall has taken charge of the procurement, logistics and quality inspection.

A contract has been signed with the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw).

The contract encompasses an option for a further five million masks by Rheinmetall.

Armin Papperger, chairman of the executive board of Rheinmetall AG, explains: “In taking this step, we’re not just trying to do whatever we can to halt the spread of coronavirus in Germany. We specifically want to help the people who are helping us: doctors, emergency medical technicians, nurses, care providers – in short, the folks whose help we all depend on. That goes for the civil and medical sphere alike.”

The masks, which are very hard to source, provide protection from COVID-19.

Rheinmetall sees its success in securing large numbers of these masks as a first step in providing fast, unbureaucratic assistance to healthcare providers and medical facilities.