Rheinmetall has received an vital order within the maritime safety methods area. The Royal Australian Navy and the Commonwealth of Australia have ordered the Multi Ammunition Softkill System, or MASS, which can initially be used to equip its Hobart-class destroyers and ANZAC-class frigates. Following in depth trials, MASS was chosen on account of its distinctive capabilities. For Rheinmetall, the order represents €125 million in gross sales. The primary methods are to be delivered by the top of 2023, with full operational functionality achieved by 2027. That is the Group’s single-biggest order ever for ship safety know-how. Complete gross sales quantity may doubtlessly come to A$1 billion (approx. €610 million), because the contract consists of an choice for equipping Australia’s complete fleet. As a result of the contract consists of the switch of MASS know-how, Rheinmetall Defence Australia will be capable of produce the methods below licence, earlier than putting in and commissioning them onboard Australia’s seagoing floor combatants.

“The contract, the primary naval contract awarded to Rheinmetall Defence Australia represents a big milestone as the corporate grows its native industrial footprint with additional superior meeting and coaching system capabilities in Australia. Rheinmetall is dedicated to constructing Australian Business Functionality and creating superior manufacturing Australian jobs in trades together with Mechanical, Electrical, Ammunition and Software program”, notes Nathan Poyner, managing director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia.


“The order underscores as soon as once more the good effectiveness of MASS. Australia is now the sixteenth consumer nation. We proceed to work intently with our colleagues at Rheinmetall Defence Australia, who’re answerable for manufacturing in nation. The most important attainable share of worth added will thus be generated in Australia, a serious plus for the shopper”, explains Martin Fegg, product supervisor for softkill safety methods at Rheinmetall Waffe Munition.

Rheinmetall Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS)

The MASS methods ordered by the Royal Australian Navy will probably be assembled at Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s MILVEHCOE centre of excellence for army autos. This can lead to new prospects for increasing the Group’s Australian provide chain. MASS provides potential companions within the Australian defence sector the prospect to cooperate with Rheinmetall and the Royal Australian Navy in realizing this vital defensive functionality. The Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) protects ships and boats from multifaceted threats from anti-ship guided missiles and laser-guided weapons – on the excessive seas, in littoral waters and on rivers. Providing distinctive safety in opposition to trendy sensor-guided missiles in all related wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, MASS might be put in on vessels of all sizes and readily built-in into present shipboard command and weapon engagement methods or function as a standalone system. In the usual model, MASS consists of as much as six trainable launchers, every of which might hearth as much as 32 Omni Entice decoy munitions.

Rheinmetall continues to good its tried-and-tested MASS household, assuring that in future, too, ships and their crews can have the absolute best safety when working on the excessive seas and in coastal waters. Rheinmetall was based in 1889 as “Rheinische Metallwaaren- und Maschinenbaufabrik Aktiengesellschaft”. In the present day, Rheinmetall is a number one, globally energetic, built-in know-how group that develops and sells elements, methods and providers for the safety and civil industries. Rheinmetall AG is a German automotive and arms producer, headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. Its shares are traded on the Frankfurt inventory alternate. With about 28,000 staff at 132 areas and manufacturing websites worldwide, Rheinmetall generated gross sales of €6.4 billion in 2022.