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16 April 2012

Rheinmetall Defence - a Loyal Partner for the Malaysia and South-East Asia

Rheinmetall is exhibiting their impressive array of products and services at DSA 2012, whether the requirement is protecting friendly forces from optical, optronic or electronic surveillance; supplying innovative vehicle protection systems; or safeguarding critical infrastructure from attack.

A decoy-based system, MASS produces phantom targets that reliably 
divert enemy missiles from their intended targets. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

Among the passive protection systems on show is the VERhA line of products from Rheinmetall Verseidag Ballistic Protection Systems (RVBP). These include lightweight high-performance materials which can be built into special vehicles, helicopters and ships for protecting passengers and crew. Visitors can also inspect inserts for ballistic vests made of these materials.
Rheinmetall is furthermore presenting a 3D ceramic composite component, used for hardening the driver’s cab of the new protected HX trucks made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV). It is earmarked for Australia’s LAND 121 programme, for which RMMV was selected as preferred bidder.
In the naval domain, RVBP develops and produces customer-specific passive protection solutions (VERhA-Marine). On behalf of the Malaysian Navy, for example, RVBP has equipped the first six MEKO A-100 KEDAH-class warships with composite armour.
In addition, Rheinmetall Chempro presents its Mobile Modular Protection System (MMS).

Mobile Modular Protection System (MMS) (Graphic: Rheinmetall)

Among other products at DSA, Rheinmetall’s recently created Electro-Optics division is presenting its Vingtaqs II+ observation system, which is capable of precise collection and transmission of target data even over long distances. Moreover, Rheinmetall will be presenting various night observation devices, including GN night vision goggles and the KN 200/250 night vision sight.
Also on display will be the group’s tried-and-test laser pointers, laser target markers and laser light modules, including the VARIO RAY (LLM-VR) and the LLM01, already used by numerous armed forces and security services. Rounding out the division’s array of products on show will be the Dismounted Soldier Identification Device/DSID (a friend/foe identification system), as well as the FeLVis fire control unit and its successor, the MULTIRAY, specifically designed for 40mm low-velocity ammunition.

As a token of its commanding lead in the field of 40mm technology, Rheinmetall is also showcasing a wide array of 40mm x 46 (low velocity/LV and MV medium velocity) and 40mm x 53 high velocity (HV) cartridges, ranging from practice rounds and non-lethal products to highly effective service ammunition, including 40mm x 46 MV and 40mm x 53 HV time-delay airburst rounds.
In the munitions domain, Rheinmetall is presenting an improved flash-bang stun grenade with bottom-top-vent (BTV) technology. Rheinmetall has also enhanced its classic fast-acting SPIRCO smoke grenade. The new ISIS (InfraRed Smoke Instantaneous Spread) red phosphorous smoke/ obscurant grenade also provides split-second protection from hostile detection by opponents equipped with optics, night vision or IR devices.

(Photo: Rheinmetall)

Rheinmetall's 30mm ammunition has been selected as a forward-looking solution for the main armament of the Malaysian military’s new 8x8 vehicle. Rheinmetall has been cooperating successfully with Malaysian ammunition maker SME Ordnance for years.

For more information about this technology, please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY 4/2012 and/or NAVAL FORCES II/2012, available at the show at 3P29.

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