Rheinmetall has received a framework contract for mobile start units from the German procurement agency the BAAINBw for up to €13M. The contract covers the next three years, Rheinmetall writes in a press release.
Between 2022 and 2025, Rheinmetall will supply 16 new mobile start units with integrated ground power (MSU-GP). The contract includes the retrofit of 48 MSU-E units currently in service to the most recent MSU-GP version. The German Air Force has used the Rheinmetall MSU to start its entire fleet of aircraft. This has included the EUROFIGHTER since 2014.
A turbine-powered system, thel MSU-GP is the only air start unit of its kind. According to Rheinmetall, it is lighter to deploy and more compact than a diesel engine unit.
At Eurosatory, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) and Michelin signed an agreement on closer cooperation in the domains of defence vehicles mobility. The companies were represented by Michael Wittlinger, Chief Executive Officer Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, and Bénédicte De Bonnechose, Executive Vice President, Michelin Long-Distance and Urban Transportation, Europe Regions.
According to Rheinmetall, both companies are looking to further discuss opportunities and developing solutions. This is with the aim of responding to customers’ expectations. Exchange of customer experiences and coordinated development of tyres and other systems may be part of future common projects.