AMERICAN RHEINMETALL DEFENSE, headquartered in Reston, VA, is the U.S. parent entity of Rheinmetall – a Germany-based defense industry leader – that brings the global company's complete and substantial range of world-class defense and security products to the United States market.
Built on Rheinmetall’s highly regarded foundation, American Rheinmetall Defense and its three specialized U.S. operating companies deliver next-generation capabilities addressing the U.S. Army’s highest modernization priorities including game-changing solutions for combat vehicles, innovations for increased soldier lethality, and advanced high-tech munitions. These solutions ensure that our military achieves not just overmatch on the battlefield today, but for years to come.
Principle Officer: Stephen Hedger, CEO
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Reston, VA 20191
THREE SPECIALIZED U.S. DIVISIONS
AMERICAN RHEINMETALL MUNITIONS – Stafford, VA Headquarters | Camden, AR Production
As part of Rheinmetall’s Weapons and Ammunition Division, American Rheinmetall Munitions (ARM) has been bringing the division’s global product portfolio to the U.S. market for numerous years. Rheinmetall specializes in large and medium caliber ammunition families and is a world leader in the field of long-range artillery, mortar and infantry systems. ARM’s portfolio includes medium caliber low and high velocity munitions, large caliber munitions, extended range artillery, sound and flash bang grenades, smoke grenades, training ammunition, airburst munition technology, munitions fuzing, and protection systems for vehicle survivability. Other capabilities include load, pack, assembly, and full rate production, which are carried out at ARM’s Camden, Arkansas facility.
In support of the ongoing drive to increase the range of cannon artillery, the U.S. Army signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), with Rheinmetall to inform the Army’s development path for the XM654 “supercharge” propellant that is a vital element of the Army’s long range precision fires extended range cannon artillery development efforts. This is just one recent featured effort with the Army that American Rheinmetall Munitions is supporting among multiple exciting projects.
AMERICAN RHEINMETALL SYSTEMS – Biddeford, ME
As part of Rheinmetall’s Electronic Solutions Division, American Rheinmetall Systems (ARS) not only brings the division’s global product portfolio to the U.S. market, but also designs and develops unique next-generation technology solutions that address critical Army capability needs. ARS specializes in electro-optic technologies and equipment, with particular emphasis on fire control systems, vehicle mission equipment including 360 situational awareness and DVE, laser ranging solutions, and weapon mounted pointing and illuminating devices necessary to enhance both mounted and dismounted soldier lethality. ARS’s capabilities include engineering design and development, test and evaluation, complete systems integration, and full-rate production.
American Rheinmetall Systems is best known for their longstanding commitment to the U.S. Army’s CROWS program. Since 2007, they have supplied over 12,000 systems for integration into the Army’s remote weapon stations. This includes heavy weapon mounts, adapters, and high-tech day cameras. Most recently, they have developed the VIM Vitra, a next-generation day camera with improved detection, recognition, and identification (DRI) distances and low light capabilities that is a “plug and play” replacement for the CROWS legacy camera. ARS is also the designer of a modernization of the Army’s Mk93 heavy weapons mount used with the M2 and Mk19 weapons. The improvements to the mount enable significantly improved performance and are vital to enabling new air burst munition lethality being introduced with the Mk19. The Army is transitioning the Mk93 improvement program from research and development to procurement in 2022 to get this improved capability to Soldiers.
AMERICAN RHEINMETALL VEHICLES – Sterling Heights, MI
As part of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division, American Rheinmetall Vehicles (ARV) brings the group’s substantial global product portfolio to the U.S. market. ARV specializes in tracked and wheeled combat vehicles platforms, tactical wheeled vehicles, and associated subsystems. ARV leverages advanced capabilities from across the Rheinmetall enterprise to enhance its next-generation vehicles with solutions such as 360 situational awareness technologies, AI-based target detection and recognition, imaging processing, and interoperability. Addressing the critical design needs of today’s customer, ARV delivers vehicles with supporting open system architectures that enable rapid insertion of the modern era’s fast-paced innovations. ARV’s strengths in vehicle design and development, engineering and system integration make it a superb partner for U.S. customers in bringing combat vehicle platforms that are Next-Generation—Now.
In May of 2021, American Rheinmetall Vehicles signed a Master Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center (CCDC-AC) that allows the two entities to collaborate on a regular basis to develop integrated combat vehicle weapon, fire control, and ammunition technologies. ARV also recently led an impressive team that includes Raytheon Technologies, L3 Harris Technologies, Textron Systems, and Allison Transmission in submitting a proposal for Phase 2 of the Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program and is poised to deliver next-generation solutions for the Army in this and future phases of the program should it receive a contract award.